A powerful earthquake of 7.5 magnitude rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a 5-feet-tall tsunami which swept away houses in the cities of Palu and Donggala. The death toll rose to 384 on Saturday as the area suffered power outage leading to the grounding of communication networks.
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said it rescue efforts on Friday were difficult after Sulawesi capital city Palu plunged into darkness and its communication lines were snapped. He said houses were swept away and several families were reported missing. Read the full story here.
The airport in Palu city remained closed today. The US Geological Survey said the strongest quake had a magnitude of 7.5 and was centred at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometres) about 35 miles (56 kilometres) northeast of the central Sulawesi town of Donggala. It briefly triggered a tsunami warning.