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Indonesia earthquake-tsunami: Over 5,000 people feared missing after deadly catastrophe that claimed over 1,400 lives

Over 1,400 people were killed after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian city of Palu and and nearby communities in Central Sulawesi province on September 28.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Palu, Indonesia [ Published on: October 07, 2018 14:53 IST ]
Over 1,400 people were killed after the earthquake and

Over 1,400 people were killed after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian city of Palu and and nearby communities in Central Sulawesi province on September 28.

More than 5,000 people are believed to be missing from two-hard hit areas in Indonesian city of Palu less than a week after it was devastated by a deadly earthquake and tsunami.

Indonesia's disaster agency said the figure was based on estimates from local heads in the Petobo and Balaroa areas of the city, where entire neighbourhoods disappeared in the twin disaster on Sulawesi island that has seen 1,763 bodies recovered so far.

"Based on reports from the heads of Balaroa and Petobo, there are about 5,000 people who have not been found," agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, adding that it was difficult to know the exact figure given the areas were largely buried under mountains of mud and wreckage. 

Over 1,400 people were killed after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian city of Palu and and nearby communities in Central Sulawesi province on September 28.

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