Indonesia: At least 30 people were killed in the bay city of Palu in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, a hospital official told Metro TV on Saturday after the area was hit by strong earthquakes and a tsunami a day earlier. Also Read - Groom Wears Nothing But a Pair of Shorts on Wedding Day, Bride Reveals The Reason Why | See Pics
In a video that appeared to be taken at night, doctor Komang Adi Sujendra said 30 people were killed and had been taken to the hospital where he was, adding that another 12 injured needed orthopaedic surgery. Also Read - Massive Flame Erupts From Oil Refinery in Indonesia; Nearly 1,000 People Evacuated
Authorities were having difficulties coordinating rescue efforts as the 7.5 magnitude quake caused a power outage that cut communications around Palu and the nearby fishing town of Donggala, the closest to the epicentre of the quake 27 km (17 miles) away. Also Read - Indonesian Man Clings to Wooden Board, Survives 2 Weeks at Sea After His Boat Gets Hit by Ship
Officials had not yet provided any new information on the death toll on Saturday, but on Friday night they said initial reports showed some dead victims in the rubble of collapsing buildings.