The earthquake has shaken the island of Sulawesi and has forced the evacuation of more than 15,000 people in the event of a possible tsunami
At least 56 people have lost their lives and more than 826 have been injured after a earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale shook the Indonesian island of Sulawesi this Friday morning.
The Indonesian authorities have also reported that 15,000 people have had to be evacuated due to fear of a possible tsunami, since more than 300 houses have been destroyed or damaged, according to information from the CAN chain.
So far, rescue teams have recovered the bodies of 47 people in Mamuju, a city in the Western Sulawesi province. The remains of nine other people have been found in the south of the island.
“We do not know how many have disappeared,” lamented a spokesman for the Mamuju Disaster Mitigation Agency. “There are still many people under the rubble“, has alerted.
A new aftershock of 5 degrees on the Ritcher scale shook the area this Saturday, but no new damage was reported and the authorities expect more, so they have urged residents to “remain calm.”
In parts of Majene like Mamuju, the two worst hit areas, electricity has been restored and the main road has been rehabilitated for vehicles, however there is still a risk of landslides.
The country’s president, Joko Widodo, has expressed his condolences for the “loss of life”. “On behalf of the Government and the Indonesian people, I express my deepest condolences,” he said, according to information from the Antara agency.
The earthquake, whose epicenter is 6 kilometers from the city of Majene, has its hypocenter about 10 kilometers from the surface and has set off all alarms on the island, where hundreds of residents have fled on motorcycles to higher altitudes. .
The authorities indicated that a hospital in Mamuju has been seriously damaged. “There are patients and doctors buried by the rubble inside and we are trying to reach them,” the agency said.
The tremor also caused landslides in at least three locations between Majene and Mamuju They have blocked roads, according to government data, which has advised residents to stay away from buildings and beaches.
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Faced with this situation, the United Nations, which has detailed that it is in “close contact” with the Indonesian Government, has expressed its willingness to “support” the emergency response tasks. The Indonesian Red Cross and NGOs are also activating various action plans.
The Red Cross has deployed heavy teams to remove debris and distributed 3,400 food rations this Saturday as part of these activities.