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Survivors unlikely in Indonesian plane crash

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/29/18, 09:27 am

Rescuers are searching for debris and human remains after an Indonesian plane with 189 people on board crashed into the sea minutes after it took off early Monday morning from Jakarta. The Lion Air plane went down 13 minutes after it departed the Indonesian capital for Pangkal Pinang, an island chain off Sumatra. Officials said 181 passengers and eight crew members boarded the flight, including an Italian national and an Indian pilot.

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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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