Jakarta: At least 34 people were killed while more than 600 people sustained injuries after a 6.2-magnitude quake jolted Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, the National Disaster Management Agency said.
Evacuation of the victims and assessment of the risks of the quake are underway, according to the disaster agency and search and rescue office.
The Indonesian disaster agency said the death toll climbed to 34 as rescuers in Mamuju retrieved 26 bodies trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings.
The agency said in a statement that eight people were killed and 637 others were injured in Mamuju’s neighboring district of Majene.
It said at least 300 houses and a health clinic were damaged and about 15,000 people were being housed in temporary shelters in the district. Power and phones were down in many areas.
West Sulawesi Administration Secretary Muhammad Idris told TVOne that the governor’s office building was among those that collapsed in Mamuju, the provincial capital, and many people there remain trapped.
The quake forced about 2,000 residences in Mamuju city and Majene district to flee their homes and take shelters in safer grounds, Raditya Jati, spokesman of the agency, told Xinhua news.
At least 62 houses, a health clinic and one military office were destroyed in the quake, he added.
Three hotels, namely the Maleo Hotel, the Anugrah Hotel and the Pantai Jaya Hotel, as well as the Mitra Manakarra Hospital, the parliament building and the main parts of the governor office were damaged, Syarifuddin S., an official of the provincial social department told Xinhua via phone.
(With Agency Inputs)