Relief and rescue operations continue in Indonesia after a massive earthquake and tsunami, as time runs out to find survivors one week after the dual disasters struck Sulawesi Island.
According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management on Friday, the death toll from the quake and tsunami has risen to 1,571.
More than 70,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by the magnitude 7.5 quake that struck on September 28, launching waves as high as six metres that slammed into Sulawesi at 800 km/h.
The Ministry of Health said that an 855-member medical team is working in the affected areas. The power and fuel supply situation has improved considerably, authorities said.
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‘1,000 people may be buried in mud’
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Indonesia’s disaster management agency spokesman, said about 1,000 people may be buried in areas liquefied by the earthquake in Palu city’s Balaroa and Petobo. The areas were swallowed by three-metre deep mud.