Death Toll Rises to 1,234 in Earthquake, Tsunami in Indonesia as Hundreds Are Left Injured

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Indonesian soldiers bury quake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on Oct. 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on Sept. 28.(Credit: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)

Indonesian soldiers bury quake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on Oct. 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on Sept. 28.(Credit: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s disaster agency says the death toll from an earthquake and tsunami disaster on a central island is now 1,234.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho updated the figure at a news conference in Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon.

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the tsunami it generated struck Palu and nearby areas on central Sulawesi island.

Nugroho said 799 people are severely injured. He said the communities of Sigi and Balaroa have not been counted yet, meaning the toll is likely to rise.

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