Indonesia quake, tsunami death toll raised to 1,407
The death toll from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has been raised to 1,407 people, according to the country’s disaster agency spokesman.
The newest numbers, announced by Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon, are the second straight day the toll had increased. On Tuesday, Nugroho announced the toll had climbed from 844 people to 1,234.
Tuesday’s increase included Monday’s grim discovery of 34 bodies, mostly children, in a church recreation hall in Sigi Biromaru south of the capital city of Palu.
The number of deaths is expected to grow as more bodies are retrieved from the rubble left behind by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the resulting tsunami it triggered.
President Joko Widodo visited Palu on Wednesday as aid starts to flow into the devastated city.