832 people have been killed following a destructive 7.5-magnitude earthquake, and Tsunami on Friday in Indonesia, the National Disaster Agency has reported.
Most of the deaths resulted from entrapment in damaged buildings. Thousands of people are still believed to be trapped in destroyed buildings.
“What we now desperately need is heavy machinery to clear the rubble. I have my staff on the ground, but it’s impossible just to rely on their strength alone to clear this,” Muhammad Syaugi, head of the national search-and-rescue agency, told AFP news agency.
The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added.
“The Red Cross estimates that more than 1.6 million people have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami which it described as a tragedy that could get much worse’ according to the Guardian.
Indonesia’s Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the final death toll could be in the thousands.
President Joko Widodo is in Palu inspecting the wide devastated areas, including Talise Beach – the main tourist area that was badly affected by the tsunami.