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Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 73

Christian Fernsby |
Rescuers retrieve more bodies from rubble of homes and buildings toppled by 6.2 magnitude earthquake, as military clears roads in hardest-hit city of Mamuju and Majene district on Sulawesi island.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

At least 73 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has said, the latest in a string of disasters to hit the Southeast Asian country.

More than 820 people were injured and over 27,800 left their homes after the 6.2 magnitude quake, BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said on Sunday.

Some sought refuge in the mountains, while others went to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said.

Police and military officers have been deployed to crackdown on looting in several parts of the region, Jati added.

An emergency response status, intended to help rescue efforts, has also been put in place for two weeks, he said.

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