Indonesia Earthquake: Death toll jumps to 84 as the nation battles back to back disasters

The death toll from a powerful earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has jumped to 84, according to authorities on Monday.

The powerful 6.2-magnitude quake that struck on Friday left 15,000 homeless and displaced at least 30,000 people. More than 820 people were injured.

Rescuers have spent days hauling corpses from beneath crumpled buildings in Mamuju, a city of 110,000 people in West Sulawesi province, where a hospital was flattened and a shopping mall lay in ruins.

It was unclear how many more bodies could be under the debris, or if there was anyone still trapped but alive more than three days after the disaster.

The quake’s epicentre was 36km south of Mamuju and it had a relatively shallow depth of 18km.

Indonesia has seen back to back disasters lately. From plane crashes to landslides to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the nation is facing its worst ever start to a new year.

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