Massive wave hits Palu in Indonesia

Massive wave hits Palu in Indonesia

Massive wave hits Palu in Indonesia

They were being treated outdoors due to continuing strong aftershocks, and many residents in the area were also sleeping outside, too afraid to return indoors.

"The situation is chaotic, people are running on the streets and buildings collapsed".

The Jakarta Post reported that one of the air traffic controllers, Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, died after he jumped off the traffic control tower when the quake hit the area. Some buildings were completely flattened.

She said communication was hard and the aid organisation had been struggling to get a proper ground assessment. Later on, a tsunami was also reported that occurred along the shoreline of Palu.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

A woman cries as people look at the damages after an quake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on 29 September 2018.

Why were so many killed on Friday?

Nugroho said "tens to hundreds" of people were taking part in a beach festival in Palu when the tsunami, which was triggered by a magnitude 7.5 natural disaster, struck at dusk on Friday and their fate was unknown. The agency was widely criticised for not informing a tsunami had hit Palu on Saturday, though officials said waves had come within the time the warning was issued.

Nugroho said the status was unknown for "tens to hundreds of people", including dancers and performers at a beach festival in Palu.

"There are many dead bodies, but the exact number we don't know", the head of the National Agency of Search and Rescue, Muhammad Syaugi, told AFP.

Some people survived by climbing 6m trees, he added.

Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an quake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018.

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About 540 people were badly injured, said the country's national disaster agency.

"We felt a deep heartbreak, may God gives Anthonius the best place beside him, along with other victims of Donggala natural disaster", Air Nav spokesperson Yohanes Sirait said. "This is already a tragedy, but it could get much worse".

What is being done for the survivors?

With Palu airport closed, relief workers have to make their way to Palu by road. The airport is otherwise shut because of natural disaster damage.

"Makeshift shelters are being erected in the cities nearby". "The Embassy had worked with the Indonesian authorities and evacuated him. We need tents, medicine, canvas, nurses..." The Daily Wire will continue to update the piece as more details emerge.

What happened at the airport?

Reports suggest he had no choice but to jump from a fourth floor window, fearing he'd be trapped by debris.

It saved their lives, as the Batik Air flight 6321 was in the process of taking off when it was rocked by waves.

Hundreds of tributes have since flooded in, with Agung given a hero's farewell earlier Saturday as soldiers carried his body to be transported to the burial.

He said guards could not stop the prisoners from escaping because the electricity was out and they were outnumbered.

"Don't even think to find the inmates".

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