Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to nearly 1,350

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to nearly 1,350

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to nearly 1,350

Indonesia tsunami: The number of people known to have died in Indonesia in Friday’s earthquake and tsunami has risen to 1,347, disaster response officials say.

The death toll jumped on Tuesday from a previously confirmed figure of 844.

Indonesia tsunami

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to nearly 1,350
Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to nearly 1,350

The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.

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Police are guarding shops against looters as people desperately search for food, fuel and water.

Officers initially took a lenient approach to survivors seizing basic goods, deputy national police chief Ari Dono Sukmanto said, but some people have since been arrested for stealing computers and cash.

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“After day two the food supply started to come in, it only needed to be distributed,” he said. “We are now re-enforcing the law.”

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Humanitarian relief convoys entering the city are being escorted by soldiers and police.

And there are fears some survivors may still be trapped under the rubble of buildings.

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