JAKARTA: At least 30 people were killed in the bay city of Palu in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, a hospital official told Metro TV on Saturday, after the area was hit by strong earthquakes and a tsunami a day earlier.

In a video that appeared to be taken at night, doctor Komang Adi Sujendra said 30 people were killed and had been taken to the hospital where he was, adding that another 12 injured needed orthopedic surgery.

People look at the aftermath of the tsunami in Palu, on Sulawesi island. - AFP

Authorities were having difficulties coordinating rescue efforts as the 7.5 magnitude quake caused a power outage that cut communications around Palu and the nearby fishing town of Donggala, the closest to the epicentre of the quake 27 km (17 miles) away.

Bodies of victims of the tsunami lay down in Palu, on Sulawesi island. - AFP

Officials had not yet provided any new information on the death toll on Saturday, but on Friday night they said initial reports showed some dead victims in the rubble of collapsing buildings. --Reuters

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People walk past dead bodies (blue cover) a day after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island. - AFP