by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/02/18, 11:07 am
As rescuers continue to search for survivors, Indonesian officials on Tuesday raised the death toll to 1,234 people after an earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed the casualties and said 799 other people sustained severe injuries. The death toll is likely to increase when officials run a count in the communities of Sigi and Balaroa. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the island on Friday evening, followed by a 7.5 magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami. The disaster displaced more than 50,000 people.