Death toll in Indonesian tsunami crosses 1,300
October 3rd, 2018 at 2:07 pm
Death toll in Indonesian tsunami crosses 1,300

International desk – The rescuers have found more bodies in the rubbles of the earthquake-triggered tsunami raising the death toll in Indonesian coastal city of Palu to more than 1,300.

Media reports quoting disaster management officials said that the toll has risen to 1347 on Wednesday from Tuesday’s figure of 844.

The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the city of Palu.

Aid supplies are beginning to arrive in the city, where survivors have no access to running water or electricity, according to BBC.

As tensions and need run high, police have begun guarding shops against looters.

Police fired warning shots and tear gas on Tuesday as people tried to take supplies from one shop.

Officers initially took a lenient approach to survivors seizing basic goods, deputy national police chief Ari Dono Sukmanto said, but some people have since been arrested for stealing computers and cash.

“After day two the food supply started to come in, it only needed to be distributed,” he said. “We are now re-enforcing the law.”

Humanitarian relief convoys entering the city are also being escorted by soldiers and police.

In a separate incident, a volcano began erupting on the same island, Sulawesi, on Wednesday.

Mount Soputan is about 1,000km (600 miles) away from Palu, and it was not immediately seen as a threat to the aid operation, reported BBC.