The loss of life toll from a strong earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has jumped to 56, authorities stated on Sunday, with hundreds left homeless as rescuers raced to search out anybody nonetheless alive below mountains of rubble.

Greater than 820 folks have been injured and about 15,000 left their houses after the 6.2-magnitude quake struck within the early hours of Friday, in accordance with the catastrophe mitigation company (BNPB). A few of the panicked residents sought refuge within the mountains, whereas others went to cramped evacuation centres.

Rescuers have spent days hauling corpses from beneath crumpled buildings in Mamuju, a metropolis of 110,000 folks in West Sulawesi province, the place a hospital was flattened and a shopping center lay in ruins.

Others have been killed south of the town.

Aerial photos from the devastated seaside metropolis confirmed buildings lowered to a tangled mass of twisted steel and chunks of concrete, together with the regional governor’s workplace.

This aerial image exhibits homes broken following a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Mamuju on January 17, 2021 [Adek Berry/ AFP]
Rescuers seek for victims on the spoil of a constructing flattened throughout an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia on January 16, 2021 [Yusuf Wahil/AP]

It was unclear what number of extra our bodies might be below the particles, or if there was anybody nonetheless trapped however alive greater than two days after the catastrophe.

Authorities haven’t given a determine for what number of survivors have been rescued.

A pair of younger sisters plucked from below the mass of concrete and different particles have been handled in hospital.

Shortages of meals, provides

In the meantime, corpses have been recovered from below a collapsed hospital, whereas 5 members of a household of eight have been discovered lifeless within the crumpled stays of their dwelling.

The hundreds left homeless by the earthquake took to makeshift shelters – many little greater than tarpaulin-covered tents crammed with entire households -that have been lashed by heavy monsoon downpours.

They stated they have been working low on meals, blankets and different assist, as emergency provides have been rushed to the hard-hit area.

Many survivors are unable to return to their destroyed houses, or have been too scared to return fearing a tsunami sparked by aftershocks, that are frequent after sturdy earthquakes.

“It’s higher to take shelter earlier than one thing worse occurs,” stated Mamuju resident Abdul Wahab, who took refuge in a tent together with his spouse and 4 kids, together with a child.

“We hope the federal government can ship assist quickly like meals, medication and milk for the kids,” he added.

Folks injured within the 6.2-magnitude earthquake which hit early on January 15 are handled outdoors a regional hospital on account of issues of aftershocks in Mamuju on January 17, 2021 [Adek Berry/ AFP]

Fearful about an outbreak of COVID-19 within the crowded camps, authorities stated they’re attempting to separate high- and lower-risk teams.

The earthquake’s epicentre was 36km (22 miles) south of Mamuju and it had a comparatively shallow depth of 18km (11 miles).

Straddling the so-called “Pacific Ring of Hearth”, Indonesia is commonly hit by earthquakes. In 2018, a devastating 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck the town of Palu, in Sulawesi, killing hundreds.

Simply two weeks into the brand new 12 months, the world’s fourth-most populous nation is once more battling a number of disasters.

Floods in North Sulawesi and South Kalimantan province every have killed at the very least 5 this month, whereas landslides in West Java province have killed at the very least 28, authorities stated.

On January 9, a Sriwijaya Air jet crashed into the Java Sea with 62 onboard.

East Java’s Semeru mountain erupted late on Saturday, however there have been no stories of casualties or evacuations.