Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 73 As New Disaster Hits

A major 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Sulawesi Island in Indonesia on Friday 15th January and more tremors have hit the region over the last few days.

The earthquakes have been reported in Majene, Mamuju, Mamasa, and Polewali Mandar and a tsunami warning has been issued.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNBP) has reported that so far 485,232 lives are predicted to be affected by this earthquake, around 27,850 people are have been forced to evacuate from their homes, 73 people have lost their lives and 743 injured.

Meanwhile in South Kalimantan flooding has been described as possibly the worst in 50 years by Indonesia President Joko Widodo. Ten cities and regencies in the region have been affected by the flooding which has displaced 39,549 people out of the homes and resulted in at least 15 deaths.

The country has also experienced two volcanic eruptions over the weekend. On Saturday, Mount Semeru in East Java erupted, sending hot air and ash clouds 4.5km over its crater. Today Mount Merapi in Central Java erupted.

The disasters make the fight against Covid-19 even harder in the country which has so far seen 917,015 cases of Covid-19 and 26,282 deaths, the highest in the region.

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