Earthquake death toll at 73 as Indonesia fights with string of catastrophes

Earthquake death toll at 73 as Indonesia struggles with string of disasters

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JAKARTA — At least 73 individuals have actually been eliminated after an earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province on Friday, the catastrophe mitigation company (BNPB) stated on Sunday, the current in a string of catastrophes to strike the Southeast Asian nation.

More than 820 individuals were hurt and over 27,800 left their houses after the 6.2 magnitude quake, BNPB spokesperson Raditya Jati stated. Some looked for sanctuary in the mountains, while others went to confined evacuation centres, witnesses stated.

Police and military officers have actually been released to punish robbery in numerous parts of the area, Jati included.

An emergency situation action status, planned to assist rescue efforts, has actually likewise been put in location for 2 weeks, he stated.

A teddy bear lies amongst the ruins of a collapsed structure following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi province, Indonesia on Sunday.Antara Foto / Reuters

Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia’s meteorological, meteorology and geophysical company (BMKG), has actually stated that another quake in the area might possibly activate a tsunami.

Straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is frequently struck by earthquakes. In 2018, a destructive 6.2-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck the city of Palu, in Sulawesi, killing thousands.

Just 2 weeks into the brand-new year, the world’s fourth-most populated nation is fighting numerous catastrophes.

Floods in North Sulawesi and South Kalimantan province each have actually eliminated a minimum of 5 this month, while landslides in West Java province have actually eliminated a minimum of 29, authorities stated.

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On Jan. 9, a Sriwijaya Air jet crashed into the Java Sea with 62 onboard.

East Java’s Semeru mountain emerged late on Saturday, however there have actually been no reports of casualties or evacuations.

Dwikorita stated severe weather condition and other “multi-dangers” of hydrometeorology are anticipated in the coming weeks.

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