Indonesia quake and tsunami devastates coast; deaths top 380
30 September, 2018, 11:15 | Author: Emmett Rice
According to CNN, there's concern that some of the more rural areas affected by the natural disaster and tsunami may not receive help in time, as Palu airport has been shut down, and the closest usable airport is at least a 10 hour drive from the city.
Rescue teams in Indonesia have struggled to reach communities devastated by a major quake and tsunami on Sulawesi island, with a toll of more than 400 killed expected to rise sharply as contact is restored with remote areas.
His colleagues had evacuated the tower when they felt the earthquakes but he stayed behind to ensure that a Batik airplane safely took off, Air Nav Indonesia, the agency that oversees aircraft navigation, said in a statement.
Moments after the plane became airborne, the building began to shake violently.
His bravery could potentially have saved the lives of all the passengers and crew on board the plane, as the city was later devastated later by a tsunami caused by the natural disaster.
The courageous controller was rushed to hospital with a broken leg and a number of internal injuries, but he died in the early hours of the following morning. After the plane took off, Agung jumped from the tower because the roof had collapsed.
However, he died before the helicopter arrived. He was just one month away from his 22nd birthday.
Due to the courageous sacrifice he made AirNav bosses also increased his rank by two levels in recognition.
Many locals are too afraid to go back indoors and have chose to sleep in the darkness outside following the residual tremors which have been occurring throughout the day. It was closer to the epicentre.
Rescuers have been digging by hand in the frantic search for survivors in the Indonesian city of Palu.
Ismail said he was surprised a tsunami was generated off the coast of central Sulawesi, which sits on a strike-slip fault, producing earthquakes that typically move in a horizontal motion and do not usually displace large amounts of water.
Some people climbed trees to escape the tsunami and survived, he said.
The disaster agency has not been able to get any information from the fishing town of Donggala, 27 km (16 miles) away from the epicenter of the quake. The town of Mamuju was also severely affected but now impossible to access due to damaged roads and disrupted telecommunications.
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