Mostly all the deaths had been recorded in Palu, two days after waves five feet high slammed into the city of 350,000 on Sulawesi island. Eleven deaths had been recorded in the region of Donggala to the north of Palu, it said.
The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 Sunday, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread.
Anarchy prevailed during and after jolt as people spread looted free for all when found great distress around .
The death toll will rise in thousands of dead and colossal loss of property, infrastructue and livestock.
The new toll announced by the national disaster agency was almost double the previous figure. Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla said the final number of dead could be in the “thousands.”
National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference the affected area was bigger than initially thought, though rescuers only had good access to one of four affected districts – Palu.
“We haven’t received reports from the three other areas. Communication is still down, power is still out. We don’t know for sure what is the impact,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the loss of lives in tsunami which hit parts of Indonesia, saying India stands with its maritime neighbour in this difficult hour.
The national disaster agency there put the official death toll so far at 843, all of them in the tsunami-struck city of Palu, but warned the toll was likely to rise.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives and devastation due to tsunami and earthquake in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia. I offer deepest condolences. India stands with its maritime neighbour in this difficult hour,” the Prime Minister’s Office said on Twitter quoting Modi.