Death Toll Rises In Indonesia After Tsunami

Oct 2, 2018

After a 7.5-magnitude earthquake catalyzed a tsunami, survivors in the coastal city of Palu, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, are struggling.

The BBC reports that the death toll is now around 1,350 people, and that “people there are growing increasingly desperate for food, fuel and water.”

From The Guardian:

Around 62,000 people have been displaced by the twin disaster, with many still trying to escape the devastated region. Over 3,000 people flocked to Palu’s airport on Monday, trying to board military aircraft or one of the few commercial flights leaving the airport, which has suffered severe damage. Video footage showed crowds screaming in anger because they were not able to get on a military plane.

“We have not eaten for three days,” one woman yelled. “We just want to be safe.”

Could this tragedy have been prevented? What’s next for the residents of Sulawesi?

Text by Gabrielle Healy.


Louise Comfort, Former Director, The Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh.

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