Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Indonesian quake toll raised to 1407

Body bags after Indonesia disaster Image His body is buried with others in a sandy pit
| 08 October, 2018, 12:45

Hundreds of Muslim survivors in the Indonesian city of Palu have gathered at shattered mosques for Friday prayers, seeking strength to rebuild their lives a week after a powerful quake and tsunami killed more than 1,500 people.

In 2004, a quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Bungay Rotary Club is also running a quiz evening next Friday, October 12, at 7.30pm to raise funds.

At least seven cargo planes arrived at Palu airport early Wednesday morning carrying tonnes of aid, some bedecked in the red and white national colors and stamped with the presidential office seal declaring: "Assistance from the President of Republic of Indonesia".

Global volunteers said many camps lack adequate sanitation, sparking fears of the spread of disease. The government has said hundreds of people were severely injured in Friday's disasters.

Prasetyo noted that the president has encouraged economic activities to restart but that businesses can't do that without security.

Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that water is the main issue because most of the water supply infrastructure has been damaged.

The Indonesian military was bringing in hundreds more troops to help with search and rescue efforts and keep order among survivors who have grown desperate six days after their lives were thrown into chaos.

Worshippers wearing skullcaps gathered by the coast in the city of Palu, ground zero of the tragedy in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, and chanted before sending prayers out to the waters.


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

Humanitarian agencies had been in communication with the government and were ready to help, he said.

Residents walk past destroyed buildings in the Perumnas Balaroa village in Palu, after an natural disaster and tsunami hit the area.

In some areas, rescuers use sniffer dogs to detect victims buried under tons of mud and debris. Many spend their days trying to secure basics like clean water and fuel for generators.

Among those leaving are a group of students attending an Islamic competition in the Sumatran city of Medan.

Local military spokesperson Muhammad Thohir said that the death toll had risen to 1,558, up about 100 from the previous official figure.

Eastern Indonesia is vulnerable to graver risks of quakes and tsunamis as it lies on an area where three plates of Indo-Australia, Eurasia and Pacific meet, according to Sutopo.

Most of the looting occurred in Palu - the provincial capital - although thefts were also recorded in Sigi, Toli-Toli and Donggala regencies, Dedi said at a press conference where dozens of detainees and stolen items were presented, reports Efe news. The number of dead is expected to soar as rescue crews comb through affected areas after being slowed initially by broken, impassable roads and other damage.

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