Fijians in Indonesia are safe

Residents stand in front of a damaged shopping mall after an earthquake hit Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia September 29, 2018. Antara Foto/Rolex Malaha via REUTERS

THE 28 Fijians living in Indonesia are safe after a tsunami on Friday had reportedly killed as many as 384 people when this edition went to press last night.

The Fiji Embassy in Indonesia has confirmed no Fijians were affected by the tsunami that hit the coastal Indonesian city of Palu on Sulawesi Island.

First secretary at the Fiji mission in Indonesia, Pauliasi Tokasaya said all Fijian nationals resided on Java Island which was not affected by the tsunami.

“None affected. As all nationals reside on Java Island whereas the disaster struck the city of Palu on Sulawesi Island,” Mr Tokasaya said.

“The mission is in regular contact with Fiji nationals, monitoring movements especially to areas affected by disaster. We can confirm that all are safe and contacts have been made after the tsunami in Sulawesi Island.

“As soon as there is a disaster, the mission will contact all nationals for update of their status and confirm safety. The use of social media had really assisted us in reaching out to nationals during the disaster.”

According to BBC reports, the strong tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that hit the coastal Indonesian city.

Waves of up to 3m (10ft) high swept through Palu on Sulawesi Island.

Last month, a series of deadly earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, with the biggest, on August 5, killing more than 460.

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