Indonesia tsunami and earthquake death toll rises to over 800

The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has rises to over 800 today.

Stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggle to find food and water and looting spread.

Indonesia tsunami and earthquake death toll rises to over 800 lailasnews


The new toll announced by the national disaster agency was almost double the previous figure, AFP reports .

Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla said the final number of dead could be in the “thousands” as many regions have still not been reached.

After the 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Friday, water smashed into buildings and swept away homes in the coastal city of Palu city, home to 350,000 people.

More than 540 people are being treated in several local hospitals amid the massive destruction in Palu and 29 people are missing.

The shallow 7.5 magnitude tremor was more powerful than a series of quakes that killed hundreds on the Indonesian island of Lombok in July and August.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo said the military was being called into the disaster-struck region to help search-and-rescue teams get to victims and find bodies.

Earlier, the head of the country’s search and rescue agency Muhammad Syaugi told AFP that local staff had found “many” dead bodies.

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