Indonesia's Widodo makes second visit to quake struck Palu

4 October 2018

Indonesian President Joko Widodo made a second visit to the disaster struck areas of Sulawesi on Wednesday to ramp up aid efforts five days after a 7.5 magnitude quake and tsunami hit Indonesian island. Widodo called on Tuesday for reinforcements in the search for victims, saying everyone had to be found.

He repeated that on Wednesday, after inspecting what he called an "evacuation" effort at Hotel Roa Roa, where he said some 30 people lay buried in the ruins. The official death toll has risen to 1,407.

But officials fear the toll could soar further, as most of the confirmed dead have come from Palu, and losses in remote areas remain unknown. Indonesia is one of the world's most vulnerable countries to quakes and tsunamis.