A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia

Ottawa's Indonesian community is heavy-hearted at the news of the quake and tsunami in their homeland, according to Indonesia's ambassador to Canada Teuku Faizasyah.

The death toll from the Indonesian quake and tsunami in Palu has risen to 1234 and is expected to rise further. Authorities said that "tens to hundreds" of people were by the ocean in Palu for a beach festival when the tsunami struck on Friday.

Thousands have lost their homes, and more than 840 lost their lives. Shortly after, a tsunami with waves of up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) hit the coast, leaving at least 844 people dead and dozens missing.

Donggala is also believed to have suffered heavy devastation from the tsunami.

The number of confirmed deaths stood at 844 on Tuesday, a lot of them in Palu, the main city in the disaster zone, where rescuers were hunting for victims in the ruins.

Rescue workers use a tracked vehicle to move through an area destroyed by the tsunami.

A major problem is that the quake fractured and destroyed numerous roads, leaving some areas isolated and inaccessible.

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Republicans have 51 seats in the closely divided 100-member Senate and can not afford to lose more than one vote on confirmation. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said Friday would be too soon.

The European Union, the United States and China are among more than 10 countries who have offered assistance. An natural disaster measuring 6 on the Richter scale rocked Sumba island of Indonesia on Tuesday, but there were no reports of any damage. This is an increase of 12 people since Sunday, however, the areas of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong have yet to be fully assessed.

An estimated 2.4 million people have been affected by the disaster, according to Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The airport of Indonesia is unusable which is why it is taking a lot of time for any help to arrive. People were waiting for fuel at a gas station asking journalists and officials from Jakarta for drinking water. "It's not easy, because it's hard to ensure safety for these people who are internally displaced".

Similar images have emerged from a number of Palu neighborhoods, including Petobo.

The Indonesian government is involved in a massive rescue and relocation operation, evacuating the area and searching among the ruins for both survivors and the dead.

An official from International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent described the situation on the ground as "nightmarish". For now, many people are having to sleep on the street with limited access to food or vital medications, the BBC reports.

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