World Vision emergency response teams have arrived in Palu, to urgently support rescue workers searching for survivors two days after a powerful earthquake hit Indonesia and triggered a tsunami.
More than 830 people have been killed after a tsunami - triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake - slammed into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Authorities fear this figure may yet rise.
World Vision spokesperson, Radika Pinto says the charity’s teams that arrived in Palu this morning have noted hundreds of people have also been left injured as the earthquake caused buildings to collapse.
Pinto said: “Thousands of homes, schools, hospitals and hotels have been destroyed. Most people are building makeshift shelters in the hills away from the water because they are terrified of another tsunami. We continue to feel aftershocks that make people panic, many having to scurry crying, ‘Tsunami!, tsunami!’
“Many people are hungry and there are reports of looting at the markets for rice and other food stuffs. Clean drinking water is also a huge need because the water pipeline is broken. The hospitals are damaged with medical staff performing services outside, and medical supplies are needed,” he explained. Pinto added that communication remains extremely difficult because power and telecommunications have been cut, hampering search-and-rescue efforts.