Powerful earthquake and tsunami kills hundreds in Indonesia

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More than 800 people lost their lives and at least 500 people have been seriously injured after powerful earthquake and tsunami on the Sulawesi island of Indonesia.

There are reports of hundreds of people being trapped in the rubble of a hotel in the city of Palu, which has hit by waves of as high as six meters.

A field hospital is treating the injuring in Palu : Source: EPA

The damaged roads and disrupted telecommunication have left the cities of Donggala and Mamuju disconnected which are were also ravaged.

The Indonesian military has been deployed which along with search-and-rescue workers is busy in combing the rubble for survivors.

“We managed to pull out a woman alive from the Hotel Roa-Roa last night,” Muhammad Syaugi, head of the national search and rescue agency, told AFP. “We even heard people calling for help there yesterday.”

According to Indonesia’s government disaster agency, about 17000 people have been evacuated.