Indonesia Hunts For Survivors As Quake Death Toll Hits 56
Mamuju, Indonesia, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Jan, 2021 ) :The death toll from a powerful earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island has jumped to 56, authorities said Sunday, with thousands left homeless as rescuers raced to find anyone still alive under mountains of rubble.
Hospitals were overrun with hundreds of injured after the 6.2-magnitude quake struck in the early hours of Friday, triggering panic among residents of the island, which was hit by a 2018 quake-tsunami disaster that killed thousands.
Rescuers have spent days hauling corpses from beneath crumpled buildings in Mamuju, a city of 110,000 people in West Sulawesi province, where a hospital was flattened and a shopping mall lay in ruins.
Others were killed south of the city.
The official death toll stood at 56 -- up from 46 on Saturday -- but the count could still climb.
It was unclear how many more bodies could be under the debris, or if there was anyone still trapped but alive more than two days after the disaster.
Authorities have not given a figure for how many survivors have been rescued.
- Running low on food, supplies - The thousands left homeless by the quake took to makeshift shelters -- many little more than tarpaulin-covered tents filled with whole families -- that were lashed by heavy monsoon downpours.
They said they were running low on food, blankets and other aid, as emergency supplies were rushed to the hard-hit region.
Many survivors are unable to return to their destroyed homes, or were too scared to go back fearing a tsunami sparked by aftershocks, which are common after strong earthquakes.
"We hope the government can deliver aid soon like food, medicine and milk for the children," he added.
Worried about an outbreak of Covid-19 in the crowded camps, authorities said they are trying to separate high- and lower-risk groups.
The quake's epicentre was 36 kilometres (22 miles) south of Mamuju and it had a relatively shallow depth of 18 kilometres.