On Tuesday, Indonesia's disaster agency raised the death toll from Friday's magnitude 7.5 earthquake and subsequent tsunami to 1,234 fatalities, from 844 dead. Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said nearly 800 people are also severely injured, and two communities, Sigi and Balaroa, are not yet included in the casualties count. Indonesian Red Cross officials tell BBC News that the dead include 34 Indonesian students discovered under a church buried by a mudslide. The earthquake and tsunami ravaged the city of Palu and neighboring areas on central Sulawesi island.
The survivors are struggling with a lack of food, water, fuel, and shelter. The first military evacuation flight left Palu on Tuesday carrying injured victims to East Java. Two more shallow earthquakes, magnitude 5.9 and 6, struck the eastern Indonesian island of Sumba on Tuesday, but no injuries have yet been reported. Peter Weber