Death toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami reaches 420 - state media

Indonesia quake and tsunami devastates coast deaths top 380

Indonesia quake and tsunami devastates coast deaths top 380

Already, a story of bravery has emerged from the tragedy.

"We are trying our best", said the head of the national search and rescue team, Muhammad Syaugi, earlier in the day.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government had allocated 560 billion rupiah ($37.58 million) for disaster recovery, media reported.

On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 natural disaster struck the eastern coast of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that killed around 230,000 people as it tore along the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Picture taken September 29, 2018.

However, it was a 7.5 magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami warning.

Officials said they estimated the waves had hit while the warning was still in effect.

Palu was hit by tsunami in 1927 and 1968, according to BNPB.

Pinoy safe The only Filipino in Palu when the quake and tsunami struck, an inmate, is safe, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Villagers carry the body of a victim following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sept. 30, 2018.

The BMKG said its closest sensor, about 200 km (125 miles) from Palu, had only recorded an "insignificant", six-cm (2.5 inches) wave, while researchers said it was surprising the quake, which was recorded as a "strike-slip" event, when tectonic plates move horizontally against each other rather than vertically, had generated a tsunami.

"Unfortunately the more information that we're getting, the worse the situation appears to be", charity spokesman Tom Howells told the BBC from Jakarta.

Dramatic video footage captured from the top floor of a parking ramp as the tsunami rolled in showed waves bringing down several buildings and inundating a large mosque.

He said authorities were deploying more heavy machinery so emergency workers can help recover more victims Monday.

VOA Indonesian service correspondent Yoanes Litha was in the small town of Parigi Saturday night after his trek by motorcycle to nearby Palu was delayed by more than 10 hours because all roads and bridges were either damaged or blocked by landslides.

Officials said they would deliver some assistance via Makassar, the biggest city on Sulawesi, an island of about 18 million people. A shopping mall in the paralyzed city of more than 380,000 people had been reduced to a crumpled hulk.

Hundreds of people were injured and hospitals, damaged by the magnitude 7.5 quake, were overwhelmed. Around 16,700 people were evacuating to 24 centres in Palu.

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Photos confirmed by authorities showed bodies lined up on a street on Saturday, some in bags and some with their faces covered by clothes.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo authorized the acceptance of global help, Thomas Lembong, chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board, tweeted Monday morning.

Scott Morrison and Marise Payne expressed their condolences to the people of Indonesia in a joint statement late on Sunday. "If he needs our help, he'll have it", he told ABC TV's Insiders programme.

Aid and supplies are being sent in via military and commercial aircraft, including helicopters, to reach badly affected areas.

The city's airport has been reopened only for relief efforts and will remain closed until October 4 for commercial flights, Nugroho said.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly struck by earthquakes.

Rescuers in the Indonesia island of Sulawesi are racing against the clock to save those still trapped in the rubble, as volunteers dug mass graves to burry at least 832 killed in an quake and tsunami disaster.

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