Over 800 injured, 15,000 forced to flee home, at least 42 dead in Indonesia's latest tragedy


Injured people lay on hospital beds outside an Emergency Room following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, on January 15, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media. - Reuters

JAKARTA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua): More than 800 people were wounded and about 15,000 others took shelters as a 6.2-magnitude quake, which hit Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, massively destroyed houses and infrastructures, a disaster official said here on Saturday.

Those with serious injuries have been treated in hospitals and field hospitals set up after the shallow under-land quake struck Mamuju city and Majene district, the National Disaster Management Agency's Spokesman Raditya Jati said.

On top of that, Reuters reported that the powerful earthquake killed at least 42 people and injured hundreds on Indonesia's island of Sulawesi on Friday, trapping several under rubble and unleashing dozens of aftershocks as authorities warned of more quakes that could trigger a tsunami.

Thousands of frightened residents fled their homes for higher ground when the magnitude 6.2-quake struck 6 km (4 miles) northeast of the town of Majene, at a depth of just 10 km, shortly before 1.30 a.m.

The quake and aftershocks damaged more than 300 homes and two hotels, as well as flattening a hospital and the office of a regional governor, where authorities told Reuters several people have been trapped under the rubble.

As many as 189 people suffered serious injuries in Mamuju and 639 got minor wounds in Majene, the spokesman disclosed.

"Now, the patients who were treated in the impacted-hospitals have been removed to the field hospitals," he told Xinhua in a text message.

The jolts have destroyed the Mitra Manakarra Hospital in Mamuju, according to Syarifuddin. S., an official of the provincial social office.

The spokesman said that the displaced persons have taken shelters in 10 evacuation centers, and emergency relief aids have been sent to the affected people.

The risk assessment and evacuation of the victims are underway, according to him. - Xinhua
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