Search called off in Sulawesi for quake victims

13 October, 2018, 17:23 | Author: Myra Gill
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They also burned debris and excavators dug into the tangled remains of buildings.

The quakes and the tsunami have affected a total of 87,725 people, with 78,994 of them taking shelter in Central Sulawesi province, while the rest have engaged in an exodus to nearby provinces, he added. "Why aren't we getting better at handling it?"

Indonesia's disaster agency says the September 28 disaster that hit Sulawesi island has killed 2045 people. Though these missing people are yet to be accounted for in officially released figures, many could be presumed dead after searches have been called off.

Nugroho conceded that Indonesia's preparedness for disasters and capacity to respond still fall woefully short, not least because public funding is so low.

Central Sulawesi Gov. Longki Djanggola said the disaster relief period, due to expire on Saturday, was extended by two weeks to October 26.

'We just came here because the government of Indonesia asked for assistance, ' said Marcus Butler from South African charity Gift of the Givers, which was denied permission to help with the search. "It needs budget", he said. "They don't need them in Indonesia", he said.

Last month, a magnitude-7.4 quake in Central Sulawesi killed more than 2,000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of houses.


Also, a lack of education and safety drills means people don't know how to protect themselves when an quake strikes.

"The earthquake happened early Thursday when they were sleeping and the quake suddenly rocked so they didn't have time to evacuate", Indonesia's national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. The archipelago is often rattled by earthquakes and the occasional tsunami.

Our country, Nigeria and most of the African continent is not sitting on continental plates that make it prone to earthquakes and tsunamis, but we have natural disasters of our own.

In a separate Twitter post, accompanied by an image of Guterres surveying a vista of destruction, he said: "Your strength and resilience are remarkable". However, it is mostly guesswork because of how far the ground moved during liquefaction.

Search teams look for victims in the natural disaster and liquefaction affected Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on October 11, 2018.

With communications and power down, rescuers focused first on Palu's tsunami-battered beachfront in the north and on collapsed hotels and shopping centers in its business district. Memorials will be constructed in hard-hit neighborhoods such as Balaroa and Petobo, he said at a news conference in Jakarta.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre oceanographer David Walsh said any tsunami from the natural disaster would only affect areas immediately around the epicentre.

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