The death toll in Indonesia has now risen to a whopping 844 after several areas were hit with an earthquake that measured at a 7.5-magnitude. The quake has left the country in shambles, and neighbouring countries are now warning their own locals to stay far from the region unless absolutely necessary.
The earthquake hit the country last Friday, followed by massive tsunami waves. Since then, hundreds of locals have gone missing and authorities are now saying the death toll could exceed the thousands as rescue teams continue to comb through the aftermath. According to people in the area, the evacuation "isn't even finished yet," three days after the quake hit. As of now, their goal is to be able to evacuate approximately 1,500 people a day.
As a result of the situation, areas such as Central Sulawesi, Lombok and Papua have been flagged by the Canadian government as places where you should explicitly avoid non-essential travel for the time being.
For Central Sulawesi that includes cities such as Palu, Donggala District, Sigi District and Parigi Moutong District. While Lombok includes the Gili Islands, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia among Canadians.
As of now, the country has put upwards of $40+ million CAD towards emergency efforts and clean up. While thousands of people are working to pick up the pieces and find victims who remain lost, it will be a long time before the country is able to fully recover.
While the warning was posted on Sunday, the post has been verified for today and does not have a cut off date. Meaning an answer on when traveling to Indonesia will be safe again is still up in the air.
For more information on the earthquake, you can keep updated by checking the Government of Canada's travel page.
Source: Government of Canada,