5,000 believed missing in two hard-hit Indonesian quake zones; 1,763 dead

PTI Jakarta, Indonesia Oct 07, 2018, 04.56 PM(IST)

Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island. Photograph:( AFP )

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As many as 5,000 people are believed missing from two hard-hit areas in Palu more than a week after the Indonesian city was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami.

As many as 5,000 people are believed missing from two hard-hit areas in Palu more than a week after the Indonesian city was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, an official said Sunday.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said the figure was based on estimates from local heads in the Petobo and Balaroa areas of the city, where entire neighbourhoods disappeared in the twin disaster on Sulawesi island that has seen 1,763 bodies recovered so far.

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                                An aerial view of the evacuation process near a collapsed church after an earthquake in Sigi. ( Reuters Photo )

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                                    A victim of last week's earthquake is recovered in the Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi. (Reuters Photo)

“Based on reports from the heads of Balaroa and Petobo, there are about 5,000 people who have not been found,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters Sunday, adding that it was difficult to know the exact figure given the areas were largely buried under mountains of mud and wreckage.