Indonesia: Death toll rises on Sulawesi island post-earthquake

The death toll has risen to 77 in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.

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This is two days after the 6.2 M earthquake hit the areas of Mamuju and Majene districts in West Sulawesi.

More than 820 people were injured out of which 190 people are treated for serious injuries. Close to 20,000 people have been temporarily displaced in ten evacuation sites.

Heavy damage has been reported in the town of Majene (population of 63,000), including at the five-story Mitra Manakarra Hospital, where a number of people have been trapped. The Governor’s office, two hotels, a shopping mall, a community health centre and over 300 houses have also sustained damage.

An aftershock of 5.0 M has been recorded and the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) warns population to stay vigilant since more aftershocks are expected.

The earthquake’s epicentre was 36km (22 miles) south of Mamuju and it had a relatively shallow depth of 18km (11 miles).

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