A 7.5 magnitude earthquake Palu City and Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday, 28 September, 2018. The earthquake epicentre was recorded at 10 km depth, 27 km northeast of Donggala, Central Sulawesi. A subsequent tsunami, which was estimated to be as high as 20 feet in some places, struck in the vicinity of Palu City.
As of 4 October, national disaster management agency (BNPB) confirmed 1,424 fatalities with over 2,549 injuries, 113 missing persons, 152 requiring immediate rescue efforts. There are currently over 70,821 evacuees being housed in 141 evacuation sites. In addition, 66,238 houses damaged, with 99.2% (65,733) of them located in Central Sulawesi Province. As at 4 October 2018, Government of Indonesia had received offers of assistance from 29 countries, of which 17 countries offered a concrete type of assistance and match the prioritised support. (source: Reliefweb)
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Unstable power supply remain the main obstacle to restoring mobile network connectivity.
Three main mobile network operators Telkomsel, XL and Indosat Oreedoo have mostly recovered Voice and Text services, but the signal strength may differ from location to location. The Telkomsel Data Service (3G/LTE) is improving in the city but there is still some connection drop in rush hours. The XL data services shows LTE but the connection is weak. Indosat Oredoo data service is also recovering and available.