The death toll of the Tsunami-hit Indonesian city of Palu rose to 384 in just a few hours after a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the coastal town on Saturday.
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the rescue efforts on Friday were difficult after Sulawesi capital city Palu plunged into darkness and its communication lines were snapped. He said houses were swept away and several families were reported missing.
The US Geological Survey said the strongest quake had a magnitude of 7.5 and was centred at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometres) about 35 miles (56 kilometres) northeast of the central Sulawesi town of Donggala. It briefly triggered a tsunami warning.
It is expected that the city’s airport will reopen in the afternoon after being closed as its runway and air traffic control tower was damaged in the quake, authorities said.
WATCH: A cellphone video shows tsunami wave hitting the city of Palu, Indonesia on Sept. 28. The U.S. Geological Survey said the strongest of two major quakes had a magnitude of 7.5 and was centered at a depth of 6 miles about 35 miles NE of the central Sulawesi town of Donggala. pic.twitter.com/xWCFOHNguu
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