This aerial picture shows the remains of a ten-storey hotel in Palu in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi on Sunday after it collapsed following a strong earthquake in the area. The death toll from the powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia rose to 832 on Sunday, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water, looting spread and fears grew that whole towns had still not been heard from. — AFP/VNA Photo
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Top leaders of Việt Nam on Saturday sent messages of sympathy to Indonesian leaders over the huge losses in humans and property caused by earthquakes and tsunami in Palu city, Central Sulawesi province.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Acting President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh cabled the messages to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, while National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân sent the message to Speaker of the People’s Representative Council Bambang Soesatyo.
The same day, Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh cabled a similar message to Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi.
At least 384 people were killed, 29 other still missing and 540 injured as rescue teams scoured the ravaged city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, on September 29, a day after strong earthquakes and tsunami hit the region. — VNS