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Indonesia- Earthquake- Tsunami Death Toll Rises Alarmingly, Now Over 1200

Picture Courtesy : Deccan Chronicle
Picture Courtesy : Deccan Chronicle

Indonesia have stated that more than 1,200 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Sulawesi. The police too pledged to clamp down on looting by survivors taking advantage of the chaos, reported the news agency AFP.

There were reports of officers firing warning shots and tear gas to ward off people ransacking shops in Palu, a coastal city ravaged by a 7.5-magnitude quake and the tsunami it spawned.

Almost 200,000 people are in need of urgent help, the United Nations says, among them thousands of children.

 

Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured.

Police said  that they had previously tolerated desperate survivors taking food and water from closed shops, but had now arrested 35 people for stealing computers and cash.

Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured.

Police said Tuesday that they had previously tolerated desperate survivors taking food and water from closed shops, but had now arrested 35 people for stealing computers and cash.

“On the first and second day clearly no shops were open. People were hungry. There were people in dire need. That’s not a problem,” said deputy national police chief Ari Dono Sukmanto.

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