At least 30 people were killed in the bay city of Palu in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, a hospital official told Metro TV on Saturday, after the area was hit by strong earthquakes and a tsunami a day earlier.

In a video that appeared to be taken at night, Dr. Komang Adi Sujendra said 30 people had been killed and that their bodies had been taken to the hospital where he was. Another 12 injured people needed orthopedic surgery, he said.

Some of the wreckage left in Donggala, central Sulawesi, Indonesia, after a 7
Some of the wreckage left in Donggala, central Sulawesi, Indonesia, after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, Sept. 28, 2018. (BNPB photo)

Authorities were having difficulty coordinating rescue efforts because the 7.5 magnitude quake caused a power outage that cut communications around Palu and the nearby fishing town of Donggala, the closest to the epicenter of the quake 27 kilometers (17 miles) away.

No new official information on the death toll was available Saturday, but on Friday night initial reports showed some dead victims in the rubble of collapsing buildings.

Source: VOA news

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