Indonesia earthquake: SPECIAL EDITION

Indonesia earthquake: monsoon rains slow search for survivors as death toll passes 80

Torrential monsoon rains have hampered the hunt for survivors of Friday’s powerful earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, as the death toll rose to at least 81, with thousands left homeless. Excavators and cranes were deployed across the devastated seaside city of Mamuju, where buildings were reduced to a mass of twisted metal and chunks of concrete, including a hospital and the regional governor’s office.

It was unclear how many people could still be trapped in the debris in the aftermath of Friday’s 6.2-magnitude quake. “The rain poses risks because damaged buildings could collapse if it gets too heavy … and aftershocks could move them, too,” said rescuer Octavianto.

Excavating debris too fast with heavy equipment could crush and kill any buried survivors, he added. “All the victims we’ve found so far were dead,” said Octavianto, 37, who like many Indonesians goes by one name…

Indonesian rescuers retrieve more bodies from the rubble of buildings toppled by powerful earthquake

Indonesian rescuers have retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake which hit Sulawesi island on Friday night, raising the death toll to 73.

Military engineers managed to reopen roads blocked by landslides to clear access for relief goods and power supplies and phone communications have also begun to improve.

More heavy equipment has also reached the hardest-hit city of Mamuju, the provincial capital of nearly 300,000 people, and the neighbouring district of Majene. The governor’s office building and a shopping mall were almost flattened by the quake. Two hospitals were also damaged.

A total of 64 people died in Mamuju and nine in Majene and over 800 were injured, with more than half still receiving treatment for serious injuries…

Indonesia earthquake: Heavy rain hampers search for survivors

There are fears the death toll will rise further

Indonesian officials say heavy rain is hampering the search for survivors following a powerful earthquake on Sulawesi island on Friday.

The death toll has now risen to 78, including five members of one family. Thousands of people left homeless are living in makeshift shelters, and there are fears of a Covid outbreak there.

In recent days Indonesia has endured deadly landslides, the loss of a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 with 62 people on board, and a volcanic eruption.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, and the country has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. More than 2,000 people were killed in a quake in Sulawesi in 2018.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra killed 226,000 people across the Indian Ocean, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia…

Indonesia grapples with earthquake, flooding, landslides and fallout from Sriwijaya Air crash

As Indonesia continues to count the number of dead from last week’s earthquake on Sulawesi island, search and rescue teams are being stretched to breaking point, as they grapple with a series of disasters unfolding across the country.

Flooding in South Kalimantan has killed more than a dozen people and displaced tens of thousands. Rescue workers are still looking for several missing and feared buried under the mud 10 days after landslides tore through a village in West Java. And divers continue to search for victims and crucial data in the wreckage of Sriwijaya Air flight 182, which crashed in the Java Sea on January 9, with 62 people on board.

Meanwhile, two volcanoes on the most populous island, Java, are spewing ash into the air, with hundreds of people evacuated from the slopes of Mount Merapi in recent weeks…

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