Indonesia Asks Foreign Aid Workers To Leave As Tsunami Death Toll Surpasses 2,000

It has been nearly two weeks since a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked central Sulawesi and triggered a deadly tsunami, and now that the bodies have been buried and at least some of the rubble has been cleared, local authorities are getting a better idea of just how many people lost their lives in the disaster.

According to TASS, “more than 10,600 residents suffered injuries, 2,500 of them are in critical condition.” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Indonesia’s disaster management chief. Most of the more than 2,000 deaths attributed to the disaster occurred in the city of Palu, the provincial capital of the province. More than 74,000 people were displaced.

More than 400 aftershocks have rocked the island in the hours after the quake, which struck directly offshore at a shallow depth of less than 10 miles, which amplified its power.

Meanwhile, new footage of the tsunami’s impact and immediate aftermath has emerged on social media. The footage shows a shocking wall of water smashing through trees and homes:



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