Palu is a chartered city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, 1,650 kilometres (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, at the mouth of the Palu River. It is the capital of the province of Central Sulawesi, situated on a long, narrow bay. Because of its sheltered position between mountain ridges, the climate is unusually dry. At the 2010 census Palu had a population of around 336,300, not including those living in neighboring regencies. On 28 September 2018, the city suffered a large number of casualties due to a tsunami, where at least 2,256 people lost their lives, while many others are still buried under the rubble and presumed dead.