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Partly damaged by quake, Indonesia's floating mosque is still standing

Tuesday October 9, 2018 8:09 AM, News Network

Indonesia Floating Mosque Still Stands

Palu (Indonesia): Part of Arkham Babu Rahman, one of Indonesia’s three “floating mosques”, has been damaged following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country last week.

Although half of its structure is now submerged in water, the famous floating mosque is still standing, Global News reported.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the stilts on which the mosque sat have collapsed but the bridge which connected the place of worship to the land is no longer visible, The Jakarta Post reported.

Given the destruction elsewhere in the country, some locals were surprised to find Arkham Babu Rahman mosque still standing. Other floating mosques in the country are Oesman Al Khair Mosque, North Kayong and Amirul Mukminin Mosque, Makassar. They are safe and have escaped the wrath of nature.

More than 2000 people have been killed with thousands still missing in one of the worst natural calamity in recent days.

Teams in the earthquake and tsunami-devastated city of Palu, Indonesia, dug through rubble and mud looking for bodies Monday as the death toll rose to nearly 2,000 with thousands more unaccounted for.

In the hard-hit neighborhoods of Petobo and Balaroa more than 3,000 homes were damaged or sucked into deep mud when the magnitude 7.5 quake turned loose, wet soil into quicksand-like mud on September 28, NBC News reported.

"Based on reports from village chiefs in Balaroa and Petobo, some 5,000 people have not been found. Our workers on the ground are trying to confirm this," disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Sunday at a news briefing in Jakarta.

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