Inside The Search Mission For Indonesia’s Tsunami Survivors (HBO)

Authorities say it will take two years to rebuild the Indonesian city of Palu after it was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on Sep. 28, which killed at least 2,000 people and injured 4,600. Search and rescue teams were originally given until Oct. 11 to find and retrieve bodies, but the search was extended by a day at the request of survivors. As many as 5,000 people remain missing, meaning whole neighborhoods will be left as mass graves. The earthquake led to a phenomenon known as “liquefaction”, in which soil begins to act like liquid — effectively swallowing and sweeping away entire buildings. Communities were turned into swathes of debris and mud, hampering search and rescue teams that had to wait for heavy machinery to arrive in order to clear access.

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Families search for missing loved ones in Indonesia

Rescue workers comb through the destroyed neighbourhood of Balaroa in Palu as the death toll from Indonesia’s earthquake-tsunami disaster nears 2,000 people. The country’s disaster agency says the official search for the unaccounted will continue until October 11 at which point they will be listed as missing, presumed dead.

AP reporter describes Indonesia quake devastation

(5 Oct 2018) Associated Press reporter Stephen Wright describes the destruction in Palu a week after a magnitude 7.5 quake struck central Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. (Oct. 5)

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Muslims pray for strength in quake-hit Palu city

(5 Oct 2018) Hundreds of people gathered on an Indonesian beach Friday to chant a Muslim prayer – and remember those they lost – one week after a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged the area, killing more than 1,500 people. (Oct. 5)

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