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Indonesia to begin mass burials for earthquake, tsunami victims

IANS  |  Jakarta 

Indonesian authorities will begin on Monday mass burials for hundreds of people killed in an earthquake and a subsequent that hit the on September 28, as search and rescue efforts continued to find more victims and survivors.

The for the (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said the mass burials will be held in the outskirts of Palu, one of the city most affected by the disaster where 821 of the 832 victims died, reports news.

Sutopo said that the authorities decided to open the mass grave in order to bury the victims who have already been identified and to prevent the spread of disease.

Meanwhile, rescue teams continue to search for survivors and other victims under the collapsed buildings demolished by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake, which has left 540 people hospitalised and at least 16,732 others displaced.

The authorities are also working to restore such as in Palu, where several electric generators were deployed by a aircraft of the to facilitate the process, according to the BNPB

The was reopened to commercial flights on Sunday, but humanitarian aid flights will be given priority, according to the authorities.

The is supplying additional medical personnel and equipment.



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First Published: Mon, October 01 2018. 09:36 IST