Mamuju residents, workers survey quake damage

18 January 2021
2021-01-18 11:01

Residents and workers in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, on Monday continued to survey the damage caused by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake which struck Friday. The quake killed 68 people in Mamuju and nine in the neighboring district of Majene, the director of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency said.

Mamuju was scattered with debris from collapsed buildings. The governor's office building was almost flattened by the earthquake and a shopping mall was reduced to a crumpled hulk. By Sunday, more heavy equipment was reaching Mamuju to aid the rescue effort. Power supplies and phone communications have begun to improve in the area. Thousands of people were left homeless and more than 800 were injured, with more than half of them still receiving treatment for serious injuries, a National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesperson said.

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