Death toll from Indonesia quake reaches 91

Indonesia's leader Joko Widodo (r) promises swift support to victims of the Sulawesi earthquake.
Indonesia's leader Joko Widodo (r) promises swift support to victims of the Sulawesi earthquake.

The death toll from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Indonesia's West Sulawesi province last week has risen to 91, the national disaster management agency says.

More than 1100 people were injured after Friday's earthquake, with 253 in serious condition and three still missing, agency spokesman Raditya Jati said.

All the fatalities were in the worst-hit districts of Mamuju and Majene, he said.

Jati said natural disasters including floods, earthquakes and landslides have killed at least 166 since the start of the year.

"Hydrometeorological disasters such as floods, landslides and typhoons have been dominant," he said, adding that flooding had occurred in 127 locations across the country.

The disasters damaged nearly 2,000 homes, hospitals, places of worships and bridges, he said.

President Joko Widodo this week visited Mamuju and areas hit by flash floods in South Kalimantan, promising swift aid for the victims.

Indonesia, home to more than 260 million people, is lined with seismic faults and is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

Australian Associated Press