Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami hit 1,500

07 October, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Some residents have taken to digging through reeking piles of sodden food and debris

The equipment can identify breathing and heartbeats, but gas leaks and other factors can result in false positives.

The team stopped digging overnight.

Ambulances on Friday brought a group of remains to the grave.

"We have to drill through the concrete to be able to verify and access the victim", he told AP.

Australia has committed $5.5 million so far to the relief effort after Friday's quake and tsunami.

Local rescuers continued to dig at the collapsed four-star hotel.

"There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad", said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer trying to get help out to fellow residents of Palu.

Worldwide aid offers have picked up since Jakarta's belated request for help, with the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund announcing late on Tuesday that it was releasing US$15 million (RM62.11 million) in aid.

The damage at Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport.

As help and supplies began arriving, there were other signs of progress: Trucks were hauling in new electricity poles to replace broken ones and restringing the wires.

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"The scale of the relief effort required following last week's natural disaster and tsunami is becoming increasingly apparent, and there are many people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance".

The instruction came following dozens of arrests by police involving people looting in the disaster zone around the seaside city of Palu, which has much of its buildings and houses decimated from the natural disasters.

Palu city on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after it was hit by a powerful quake and a wall of water which razed whole neighbourhoods to the ground, with the official death toll now 1,571.

People and heavy machinery were struggling to unearth victims from expanses of earth that surged sideways due to liquefaction, a phenomenon in which an natural disaster turns loose, wet soil into quicksand-like mud.

Doctors said many patients have been at high risk of infection because they were buried in mud. The friend died, leaving a message to have him buried in front of his church, he said.

"I hope my dead son has gone to heaven because he was in the middle of praying", said Abu Shamsuddin, who attended Friday prayers in the afternoon outside the damaged Agung Mosque in Palu city.

A report from Reuters cites a minister who leads the fiscal policy unit of the financial ministry of the Indonesian government stating that the country wants to be better prepared and make use of the available financial tools to help mitigate the costs of disaster and aid with recovery. We sent out three teams, on different routes, with as many supplies as they could carry to ensure we could reach people as fast as we could but the journey has taken days.

Thousands of people living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful quake and tsunami are facing an uncertain future, unsure when they will be able to rebuild. The United Nations has said some 200,000 people, including tens of thousands of children, are in need of help.

"What is important is we are alive and for that we should be grateful", he said.


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