JAKARTA, indonesia The National Disaster Management Agency has put the figure of casualties in Indonesia's multiple strong quakes and ensuing tsunami on Sept 28 to 2,010 people, with over 5,000 others missing, an official of the agency disclosed here on Tuesday.

Most of the victims of the catastrophes striking Central Sulawesi province were retrieved from Palu, the provincial capital, followed by the districts of Donggala, Sigi, Parigi Mountong and Pasangkayu district situated in nearby West Sulawesi province, the agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"There were mass funerals for all the victims who were buried by their families," Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

The number of survivors who escaped the deadly disasters and were taking shelter in encampment or under tarpaulin had risen to 82,775, he said.

Meanwhile, a total of 10,679 people were injured when they were hit by collapsing buildings or falling blocks of concrete during the jolts, while some others were struck by tsunami, said Sutopo.

As many as 67,310 houses, 2,736 school buildings and 20 health facilities were destroyed by the catastrophes, according to the spokesman.

Sutopo said about 5,000 residents were reported missing in two residential areas, where the jolts caused a soil movement phenomenon called 'liquefaction' in the Petobo residential area and an oil movement of up-and-down in Balaroa residential area, where most of the houses were buried by hundreds of tonnes of soil.

The province's joint task force commander, Maj Gen Tri Suwando called on residents who had left the province to return as life was back to normal in the catastrophe-ridden areas.

On the search and rescue missions for victims of the deadly disasters, the national disaster management agency head, Willem Rampangilei said the operation would be terminated on Thursday � 14 days after the disaster which struck on Sept 28.

Powerful and shallow quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 magnitude that triggered a tsunami devastated the province on Sept 28, with the hardest-rattled area in Palu city and Donggala district.

The jolts had caused a tsunami with a height of 0.5 to three metres, which devastated coastal areas near Talisa beach in Palu city and Donggala district, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

Source: NAM News Network

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