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Tsunami death toll rises in Indonesia to 1347

Jakarta, Oct 2 (IENews) The death toll in Indonesia caused by the earthquake and Tsunami on Friday has risen to 1,347.

President Joko Widodo has called for reinforcements, telling the national search-and-rescue agency to send more police officers and soldiers into affected districts.

The death toll has increased on Tuesday from a figure of 1,203.

The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.

Rescue team leader Agus Haryono said they were using acoustic detectors to try to locate more survivors.

He said concrete and metal cutters were helping to clear the debris but added: “We have to be very careful so we don’t risk hurting any survivors.”

 

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