At mass grave above Indonesian city, many questions linger

09 October, 2018, 17:26 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Катастрофа в Индонезии унесла жизни уже 1648 человек

Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the quake and tsunami damaged Indonesian city of Palu, seeking answers as the death toll from the twin disasters breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing.

The twin disasters struck Palu and surrounding districts in Central Sulawesi province on September 28.

People attend a mass prayer for Palu at Talise beach one week after the tsunami hit Palu, Indonesia, October 5, 2018.

"If a victim is not found after 14 days, then they will be declared missing", he said.

As the sun slipped behind the mountains and a gentle breeze blew onshore, hundreds of people gathered on an Indonesian beach Friday to chant a Muslim prayer - and remember those they lost - one week after a massive natural disaster and tsunami ravaged the area, killing more than 1,500 people.

PALU, Indonesia- Rescuers picking through the grim aftermath of Indonesia's quake-tsunami issued a fresh public health warning Saturday as more decaying corpses were unearthed from beneath the ruined city of Palu.

Officially, 683 people remain missing, though some put that figure far higher.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who arrived Friday in Palu to assess the situation, said it will take at least two years to reconstruct the disaster zone.

Marsudi says 18 countries have offered help, and agreements have been reached with some of them.


Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake and tsunami that struck a central island last week has increased slightly to 1,424. Multinational companies such as Google and Apple have also pledged monetary assistance, in addition to £11.6 million from the United Nations and millions more from other countries.

Indonesia's top security minister says the government is considering turning some areas of disaster-stricken Sulawesi island into mass graves.

Outside the church, Malonda said the intensity of the disaster had taken even scientists by surprise and called it the will of God.

A week after a major quake brought devastation to Indonesia's Sulawesi island, Ichsan Hidayat told how the bodies of his sister and her 43-day-old daughter were found under a sea of mud and debris, the mother clutching her baby to her chest.

"I am coming to Palu to report that we need tents, because 95 % of our village has been destroyed", said Simsom Mudju from Lindu, who clambered aboard the chopper to tell the outside world about his marooned community's plight.

Traumatised survivors are desperate for help.

Military officials said Palu's airport is expected to reopen for civilian traffic later on Thursday.

Survivors from the quake-damaged Indonesian city of Palu give a thumbs-up sign before the Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft that evacuated them yesterday to Balikapapan.

In coordination with the Government of Indonesia, IOM is preparing to send an aid convoy from the south of the island to the north, where needs are greatest.

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