Tsunami and earthquake leave over 1,000 missing, 1,400 dead & 70,000 homeless in Indonesia
Earlier this week, a dangerous 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the coastal city of Palu, Indonesia, which has a population of 350,000 people. The deadly disasters have killed over 1,400 people and hundreds are still missing.
The earthquake was quickly followed by a 20-foot tall tsunami which devastated homes and buildings. Currently, many families are camping out at the Palu airport. According to CBS News, over 70,000 people have been made homeless. The latest death total is over 1,400, but first responders are still finding more victims. Families report over 1,000 missing persons since the disasters hit. Many makeshift camps are being made as electricity and running water are cut off. Since food cannot be found anywhere, the Indonesian military is sending boxes of instant noodles and water.
One survivor named Endang told CBS News that she’s been living in a makeshift camp with her 1-year-old daughter in a small tent. The tent is their only shelter from the 90-degree heat and cold nights. She told CBS that the camp drinks from a nearby river, which also acts as a toilet.
Palu is digging a second mass grave for all the victims.
While Indonesia is sending aid and on the ground responders, survivors are trying to flee the city. Currently, some are being flown out on cargo planes to nearby cities. Seventeen countries, including the U.S., will be sending aid to Palu. The Red Cross says its shipment of supplies will arrive by Friday.