While at least 73 people were killed in the violent earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Celebes on Friday, rescue teams have started a race against time to find possible survivors in the rubble.
According to nationwide media, cranes and power shovels were deployed in the ruins of devastated buildings in Mamuju, the city worst affected by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Friday morning. A dozen survivors were found and rescued on Saturday.
Likewise, emergency equipment was dispatched to the island by planes and boats, while the navy sent a medical ship to supplement the hospitals still in operation, overwhelmed by the influx of wounded.
Octavianto, an Indonesian rescuer said that “the rains pose additional difficulties because they risk causing the total collapse of some damaged buildings”.
In addition, the Meteorology and Geophysical Agency had warned against the possibility of further tremors and asked residents to avoid the seaside because of the risk of tsunami.
As a reminder, the earthquake, which occurred at dawn on Friday, left thousands homeless and hundreds injured. It triggered panic among the inhabitants of the west of the island of Celebes, already devastated in 2018 by a very strong earthquake followed by a tsunami that killed 4,300 people.