MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian rescuers have retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, raising the death toll to 56. Military engineers managed to reopen ruptured roads and rebuild a bridge to clear access for relief goods. More heavy equipment reached the hardest-hit city of Mamuju and the neighboring district of Majene on Sulawesi island, where the quake hit Friday night. Power supply and phone communications also began to improve. Thousands are homeless and more than 800 have been injured, more than half still receiving treatment for serious injuries. Mamuju, the provincial capital of nearly 300,000 people, is strewn with debris. The governor’s office building was almost flattened by the quake and a shopping mall reduced to a crumpled hulk.
By NINIEK KARMINI and YUSUF WAHIL