Palu: Indonesian rescue workers have discovered the bodies of 34 students killed when a mudslide caused by Friday’s quake on Sulawesi island engulfed their church, a local rescue official said. “A total of 34 bodies were found by the team,” Indonesia Red Cross spokeswoman Aulia Arriani told AFP Tuesday, adding that 86 students had initially been reported missing from a Bible camp at the Jonooge Church Training Centre in Sigi Biromaru district.
Arriani said rescuers faced an arduous trek to reach the mudslide and retrieve the victims. “The most challenging problem is travelling in the mud as much as 1.5 hours by foot while carrying the bodies to an ambulance,” she said. Central Sulawesi was devastated by a quake and tsunami on Friday evening, killing at least 844 people. A major tsunami smashed into the seaside city of Palu, sweeping away buildings, trees, cars and those unlucky enough to lie in its path. But there are fears the overall toll will mount significantly once more isolated regions have been reached.
Death toll rises to 1,347
The death toll in the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi islands rose to 1,347 on Tuesday. Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) released the latest figure of casualties, according to a report by Al Jazeera. The agency has also confirmed that over 500 people have been injured, while 16,372 have been displaced due to the calamity.