PM Narendra Modi offers assistance to tsunami-hit Indonesia

Saul Bowman
October 5, 2018

"The casualties will keep increasing", said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, whose agency announced the jump in the toll from 420 earlier.

The death toll of Indonesia's multiple powerful quakes that triggered tsunami in Central Sulawesi province on Friday soared to 1,249 people with 799 others sustaining serious injuries, a governmental disaster official said on Tuesday.

The death toll from Indonesia's quake and tsunami disaster almost doubled to 832 Sunday and was expected to rise further, prompting authorities to announce mass burials in a desperate attempt to stave off disease.

The bodies of more than 30 children who were attending a Christian Bible camp on a northern Indonesian island were discovered Monday amid wreckage brought to the region by Friday's magnitude 7.5 natural disaster and ensuing tsunami, a Red Cross spokesperson told ABC News.

New Zealand is providing $1.6 million to help the emergency response to the deadly quake and tsunami in Indonesia that killed at least 840 people. With supplies dwindling, administrator Kasman Lassa said citizens were taking food and other essential items from shops.

"We will send food today, as much as possible with several aircraft", Lembong told journalists in the capital, Jakarta.

"There are many people here".

A general view of a tsunami devastated area in Talise beach, Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday. "So, on this issue, we can not pressure them to hold much longer".

Residents who found loved ones - alive and dead - over the weekend expressed frustration that it took rescue teams until Monday to reach Petobo.

Almost 50,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Palu alone, and hospitals were overwhelmed, according to reports.

Search and rescue workers evacuate an quake and tsunami survivor trapped in a collapsed restaurant, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The report further added that authorities had started to bury many of them in mass graves to prevent the spread of disease.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday called up Indonesian President Joko Widodo and offered assistance to the tsunami-hit country. The European Union and about 10 other countries have offered assistance, including the U.S. and China.

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