Indonesia tsunami toll reaches 1,350

The number of those killed in the Indonesia tsunami has now reached 1,350, a report said.

BBC said Indonesian authorities are taking guard on shops as survivors of the tsunami that engulfed the coastal of Palu as they “desperately search for food, fuel and water.”

“After day two the food supply started to come in, it only needed to be distributed. We are now re-enforcing the law,” Indonesian national police deputy chief Ari Dono Sukmanto said in a report.

Palu is the most affected of the 20-foot tsunami that was set-off after a 7.5 quake that hit the archipelago. The tsunami “brought down buildings, flooded cities and tore homes apart,” a report read.

ABC said that the “natural phenomenon of liquefaction — when saturated soil becomes so substantially weak, it effectively turns to liquid — is also believed to have played its part, especially in areas like the Petobo neighborhood, where once green fields and farmland were replaced by mud and sludge.”

International humanitarian organizations have described the situation in Palu as “nightmarish.”

CNN said, “one day, Petobo was there. The next, it was mostly debris and dirt.”

“The city of Palu has been devastated and first reports out of Donggala indicate that it has also been hit extremely hard by the double disaster,” said Jan Gelfand, head of an the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Jakarta.

The full extent of the damage of the tsunami has yet to be fully assessed.

Emily Rodriguez

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