Disasters
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Indonesia extends search efforts by a day

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/18, 11:16 am

Indonesia’s disaster agency on Thursday postponed the end of search and rescue efforts in some of the worst-hit areas of Sulawesi island, where an earthquake and tsunami last month killed 2,073 people. Officials previously said search efforts would cease Thursday in the neighborhoods of Balaroa, Petobo, and Jono Oge in Palu, but families of some of the missing people pleaded for an additional day, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. In a last-ditch attempt to find victims, firefighters and other responders burned debris and used excavators to dig through the rubble.

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A time to mourn

News analysis | A terrible quake caps an emotional week 
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/11/18, 11:14 am

On Oct. 7, as the official death toll from Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami rose toward 2,000, Christians in the devastated city of Palu flocked to Sunday sermons. Many of the 5,000 still missing may never be found because the quake caused loose soil in several villages to liquefy, sucking houses into deep mud and burying occupants.

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Indonesia death toll rises to more than 2,000 people

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/09/18, 11:49 am

Indonesian officials on Tuesday raised the death toll from the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster to 2,010 people as rescue workers plan to end their search in some of the worst-hit areas. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28, followed by a 7.5 magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami. Search efforts will end with Islamic prayers on Thursday in three neighborhoods in the city of Palu, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

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