Death toll from Indonesia mag 7.4 quake, tsunami and landslides likely to be around 10,000, at least, 5,000 still missing
Indonesia’s disaster agency claim they have recovered more than 1,800 bodies so far from the 7.5-magnitude and subsequent tsunami that struck Sulawesi on September 28, a further 2,000 have been killed in subsequent landslides however these deaths are not being reported for some reason. Full story Jakarta Post
However, a new report claims a further 5.000, people who have not been found," agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters Sunday.
"Nevertheless, officials there are still trying to confirm this and are gathering data.
According to AFP, the search for the unaccounted would continue until October 11, at which point they would be listed as missing, presumed dead.
The figure drastically increases the estimates for those who disappeared when the disaster struck 10 days ago.
Officials had initially predicted some 1,000 people were buried beneath the ruins of Palu.