The death toll from the earthquake of magnitude 7.5 and the subsequent tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Celebes on September 28 has increased to 2,045, authorities said today, a day before the search and rescue operations are suspended , while it is estimated that some 5,000 people are still missing.
The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) explained in a press conference that 1,636 people died in Palu, the capital of the Central Celebes; 222, in Sigi; 171, in Donggala; 15, Parigi Moutong; and 1, in Pasangkayu.
The families of the victims have buried 1,076 bodies, while the authorities have buried the remaining 969 dead in mass graves.
The latest data are completed with 10,679 injured, of which 2,549 are serious, and 82,775 Indonesians treated in more than a hundred evacuation centers.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said today during a visit to an Islamic school in Jakarta that the distribution of humanitarian aid has improved and most electric service has been restored, but admitted that there are still shortcomings, according to local media.
Widodo said that it takes time to restore normality in an area destroyed by the magnitude of the earthquake, tsunami and the liquefaction phenomenon suffered in Celebes.
The authorities estimate that more than 5,000 people are buried under the mud in Balaroa and Petobo, while in Jono Oge, where the liquefaction of the earth also occurred, the destruction was smaller with 366 damaged buildings, despite the fact that a river of Mud moved a lot of ground.
Spain is one of the countries that has responded to the catastrophe and tomorrow 255 family stores with a capacity of 1,275 people will be distributed in Palu, a shipment that reached Indonesia today through the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
The natural disaster in Celebes is the worst in Indonesia since the tsunami that swept the province of Aceh in the west of the archipelago in 2004, killing 167,000 people.
Indonesia sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area of great seismic and volcanic activity shaken by about 7,000 tremors a year, mostly moderate.