Hundreds of prisoners escape during deadly quake & tsunami in Indonesia

A magnitude 7.4 natural disaster centered near central Sulawesi, Indonesia also created a deadly tsunami.

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"The prison no longer has enough food", Utami said. Some of them descended on gas stations to pump out fuel by hand for their generators. I've been waiting for two days.

Willem Rampangilei, the chief of Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said the grave was dug in Palu, where the majority of the casualties have been recorded and is 33 feet by 330 feet.

Meanwhile, almost 50,000 people remain displaced and various parts of the nation "paralysed" amid the recovery efforts.

According to reports, between 1,200 to 1,400 prisoners are now missing from jails.

A particular horror in several areas in and around Palu was liquefaction, which happens when soil shaken by an quake behaves like a liquid.

Homes, business and vehicles along the coast were washed away by the violent waves.

Help meet the most critical needs of people struggling to survive in Indonesia. She said she ran down a broken escalator with her daughters.

Hopes of finding survivors were fading in many areas.

The Roa Roa Hotel in Palu collapsed, trapping about 50 people.

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People drive past a washed-up boat and collapsed buildings in Palu on October 1, 2018, after an quake and tsunami hit the area on September 28.

At least five foreigners, including three French nationals as well as a Malaysian and the South Korean national, are unaccounted for, Nugroho said.

President Joko Widodo visited Palu on Sunday, inspecting the large-scale damage and consoling survivors.

Relief and rescue efforts have been hampered by communication and transportation problems in the stricken region.

Among those killed in the area were 34 children at a Christian bible study camp, a Red Cross official said. "I don't think we've quite seen the worst of things yet".

The Chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Lembong, took to Twitter on Monday to announce that Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has authorized the acceptance of worldwide aid for the disaster.

Widodo has authorized the country to request global aid relief.

The government would accept offers of help from 18 countries and it had also commandeered 20 excavators from mines and plantations to help with a shortage of equipment to dig through wreckage and clear blocked roads, he said. Children in Palu, Donggala and other affected sites in Sulawesi need urgent help to recover. But hundreds of others were buried alive by a phenomenon called liquefaction, which occurs when loose soil near the surface gives way and collapses. Residents are still anxious about aftershocks and are afraid to return home, said Soesatyo.

Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, died in the hospital after he jumped off the traffic control tower at the Palu airport when he thought the tower was collapsing. A German tourist is reportedly safe and staying at a resort in Donggala.

In a post to Twitter, the disaster agency spokesman also warned residents to be alert to the hoax forecasts of further tsunamis and earthquakes he said were appearing on social media.

Indonesians, Filipinos, Sri Lankans and others whose countries border the Indian Ocean or are within the "ring of fire", the curving chain of tectonic plate boundaries that hug the Pacific basin, are once more asking searching questions about preparedness, warning systems and how when nature's fury randomly hits, lives can be best protected.

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