Jakarta: Ever since Palu, in Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia was hit by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and a 20 feet tall tsunami on September 28, there has been an increase in the death toll to 2,045, stated authorities on Wednesday. While an estimated 5,000 people are reported as missing in Balaroa and Petobo, about 82,775 are living in over 100 shelter camps. Also Read - ‘We Have Survived 2004 Tsunami and Chennai Floods’: Lakshmipathy Balaji Confident About India Fighting COVID-19
In a press conference on Wednesday, the National Agency for Disaster Management requested other countries to provide tents, water treatment units, generators and transport as aids for the victims of the twin disaster. An estimated 1,636 lives were claimed in the twin disaster that hit Palu. While 222 people were killed in Sigi, 171 died in Donggala, 15 in Parigi Moutong and one in Pasangkayu due to the natural disaster, reported Efe news. Also Read - Massive Earthquake of 7.1 Magnitude Strikes Indonesia, Tsunami Alert Issued
Indonesia’s disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho reportedly said that the official search for bodies will end on Thursday and mass prayers will be conducted in neighborhoods that are worst hit by the disaster. He added that volunteers and family members need not halt their search operations.
According to the latest data, a total of 1,076 bodies were buried by the family members of the deceased while the remaining 969 were interred by the authorities. The Pacific Ring of Fire on which Indonesia is located is highly seismic and prone to volcanic activity. The area experiences around 7,000 tremors every year, most of them being moderate.
(With inputs from Agencies)