Death toll of Indonesia quakes, tsunami climbs to 1,944 as search to end

Death toll of Indonesia quakes, tsunami climbs to 1,944 as search to end

The death toll from powerful quakes and tsunami, which struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on Sept. 28, has jumped to 1,944, according to the latest news briefing.

The search operations are expected to end on Thursday, though the number is expected to rise with thousands still missing, said military and disaster agency officials.

After the disaster, the country’s President Joko Widodo authorized the influx of international aid. The European Union, as well as 10 countries, including the United States, Australia and China, have offered assistance.

A woman holds her child while awaiting treatment on the Indonesian Navy hospital ship “KRI dr. Soeharso” in Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia,

China pays close attention to the Indonesian earthquakes and tsunami, and the Red Cross Society of China has provided emergency assistance to the country, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a daily news briefing on Monday.

Children in the Indonesian city of Palu began returning to school on Monday to tidy up their classrooms and to help gather data on how many of them will be coming back after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the city.

Authorities are focusing on repairing damaged infrastructure, such as roads, ports, airports, telecommunication services, fuel supplies and power, according to the spokesman for the national disaster management agency.

People hold canisters as they stand in line to buy gas in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Monday

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