Close to 400 people feared killed in Indonesia quake

national disaster agency put the official death toll so far at 384.

As the tsunami struck after the 7.5 richter quake, nearly 400 people were killed in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The medical institutions had to cope with the rush as hundreds of injured and rescuers scrambled to reach the stricken region.

The national disaster agency put the official death toll so far at 384.

The tsunami-struck city of Palu.

There were also concerns over the whereabouts of hundreds of people preparing for a beach festival due to start Friday evening, the disaster agency said.

The tsunami was triggered by a strong quake.

The quake also brought down buildings and sent locals fleeing for higher ground.

Dramatic video footage captured from the top floor of a parking ramp in Palu, nearly 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the quake’s epicentre, showed waves of water bring down several buildings and inundate a large mosque.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo said the military was being called in to the disaster-struck region to help search-and-rescue teams get to victims and find bodies.

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