Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Time running out for Indonesia survivors

The KM Sabuk Nusantara 39 ship is seen stranded on the shore after the earthquake and tsunami hit an area in Wani Donggala Central Sulawesi Indonesia French say no more signs of life in Indonesia hotel rubble
Ray Hunter | 08 October, 2018, 12:44

Children with plastic containers begged for money by the roadside while some shell-shocked residents scoured for anything still salvageable among the debris.

"The Philippines stands with Indonesia during this most hard time and is ready to provide assistance to Indonesia", the official said.

"In the area to the south, because there hasn't been an evacuation we don't know if there are bodies".

Meanwhile, the authorities have set a tentative deadline of Friday to find anyone still trapped under rubble, at which point a week after this devastating double disaster the chances of finding survivors will dwindle to nearly zero.

Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful quake and tsunami.

"As you move into Palu, you see along the bay just nothing but houses that have been snapped like twigs", she added. "If I was healthy, I would surely do it no matter what", Nugroho told reporters this week, even as he continues to hold daily press briefings, take journalists' calls and communicate on social media. Fuel remained another concern, with villagers forced to queue at pumps for more than six hours.

Chaos has loomed at times with angry people in the region's main city of Palu, 1,500km northeast of Jakarta, looting shops and thronging its small airport, scrambling for any flight out.

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Indonesian Muslims pray for natural disaster and tsunami victims at the devastated Talise beach in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 05 October 2018. "But not yet to the most inaccessible places", Sinta said.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla, visiting the disaster zone, said recovery would be completed in two years, beginning with a two-month emergency response phase when everyone who lost their house would get temporary shelter.

Marsudi says 18 countries have offered help, and agreements have been reached with some of them. "Indonesians have a big heart".

Major General Tim Gall, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the Hercules and its crew would stay and help transport aid supplies and emergency responders to the quake-damaged city of Palu on Sulawesi Island and other affected areas starting today.

Friday is the holiest day of the week for followers of Islam the world over, but this week's prayers around Palu took on a special significance following the double calamity that has killed over 1,500 people and razed whole neighbourhoods. There were poignant scenes in Palu as hundreds of worshippers wearing skullcaps gathered by the coast, chanting and saying prayers out to sea.

Supply of gasoline has also been gradually improving as the government ordered state-run oil and gas firm Pertamina to mobilize its gasoline stocks stored in provinces around Central Sulawesi to Palu.

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".

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