Over 800 injured, 15,000 forced to flee home after Indonesia’s strong quake


More than 800 people were wounded and about 15,000 others took shelters as a 6.2-magnitude quake, which hit Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, massively destroyed houses and infrastructures, a disaster official said here on Saturday.

Those with serious injuries have been treated in hospitals and field hospitals set up after the shallow under-land quake struck Mamuju city and Majene district, the National Disaster Management Agency's Spokesman Raditya Jati said.

As many as 189 people suffered serious injuries in Mamuju and 639 got minor wounds in Majene, the spokesman disclosed. "Now, the patients who were treated in the impacted-hospitals have been removed to the field hospitals," he told Xinhua in a text message.

The jolts have destroyed the MitraManakarra Hospital in Mamuju, according to Syarifuddin. S.,an official of the provincial social office. The spokesman said that the displaced persons have taken shelters in 10 evacuation centers, and emergency relief aids have been sent to the affected people. The risk assessment and evacua-tion of the victims are underway, according to him.