The national disaster agency of Indonesia has said that the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi recently has killed at least 832 people.
The agency spokesperson, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told reporters that the impact of the earthquake was more significant than initially thought. A report by BBC said that many people continued to remain trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday’s 7.5-magnitude earthquake.
Nugroho said that the quake had triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft).
Rescuers have been digging by hand in the frantic search for survivors in the Indonesian city of Palu. There are particular concerns about the town of Donggala, where the impact is still unclear.
Meanwhile, electricity and communications have remained cut off, making it difficult to assess the damage in Palu and nearby fishing community of Donggala.
“It is not just the people in the large urban areas. There are a lot of people also living in remote communities who are hard to reach” Jan Gelfand, head of the International Red Cross in Indonesia, was quoted by CNN.
Palu airport is still closed forcing relief workers to make their way to Palu by road. Sulawesi is one of the biggest islands in the world and the drive from the nearest airport is around 10-12 hours.
Residents too afraid to sleep indoors camped out in the darkness on Saturday while victims recounted harrowing stories of being separated from their loved ones, reported Australian website news.com.au.