Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Maluku islands and injured 156. (AFP)
Updated 29 September 2019

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30

  • Three children were confirmed dead
  • Regional governor declared a state of emergency until October 9

JAKARTA: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands rose to 30 on Sunday, including several toddlers, the disaster agency said.
On Thursday, terrified residents ran into the streets as buildings fell in around them when the 6.5-magnitude tremor struck, sparking landslides that buried at least one of the victims.
Among the confirmed dead were three young children, with many people killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon city.
The region’s governor has declared a state of emergency until October 9, the agency said.
“As of Sunday morning, 30 people died and 156 were injured,” said national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo.
On Friday, the agency had revised down the official death toll of 23 to 19 after officials realized some of the deceased has been double-counted.
At least 25,000 people had to flee because their houses were damaged by the strong jolt, Wibowo said previously.
Hundreds of houses, offices, schools and public facilities were also been damaged in the disaster. Authorities have set up emergency tents and public kitchens for the evacuees in several districts.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck about 37 kilometers northeast of Ambon in Maluku province at a depth of 29 kilometers.
The Southeast Asian archipelago is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth.
It experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates collide.
Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.
In 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.


Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

Updated 23 October 2019

Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

  • The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea
THESSALONIKI, Greece: Greek authorities say a coast guard patrol boat collided with a dinghy carrying migrants to the island of Kos from Turkey on Wednesday, leaving a child dead and another person missing.

Officials on Kos say that 31 people have been rescued following the collision, in an effort assisted by private boats and the European Union border protection agency Frontex. The circumstances of the collision aren't immediately clear.

The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea.