Marriage vote highlights gulf
SEARCH teams continued to pull bodies from obliterated neighbourhoods in the earthquake and tsunami stricken Indonesian city of Palu yesterday as more international aid arrived and humanitarian workers fanned out across the countryside.
Victims in black body bags of the national search and rescue agency were arranged in a row at the crumpled Palu neighbourhood of Balaroa, destined for a mass grave.
The September 28 earthquake and tsunami killed at least 1571 people and swept away buildings along kilometres of coastline.
The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that $50.5 million was required to deliver “immediate, lifesaving” aid. A Japanese military aircraft landed at Palu’s airport yesterday, unloading medicines and small portable generators. AP ROMANIANS have begun to vote in a referendum on a narrow definition of marriage that the ruling Social Democrats hope will re-energise support among the Orthodox Christian population.
Nearly 19 million people are entitled to vote in the referendum to alter the constitution and define marriage explicitly as between a man and woman, rather than simply “spouses”.
The “yes” vote is widely expected to win, with a new poll showing as many as 90 per cent of people in favour, highlighting a gulf in social attitudes between Eastern and Western Europe.