1,424 peo­ple dead in In­done­sia quake, tsunami

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL -

Palu (In­done­sia): In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties on Tuesday raised the death toll to 1,424 in the 7.5-mag­ni­tude earth­quake and sub­se­quent tsunami that hit Su­lawesi is­land last week. The twin dis­as­ters on Fri­day left the coastal city of Palu and the ad­join­ing ar­eas in ru­ins. Au­thor­i­ties said tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were grow­ing in­creas­ingly des­per­ate for food, fuel and water. Ac­cord­ing to In­done­sia’s Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Agency, hun­dreds of peo­ple may still be trapped un­der the rub­ble of build­ings. Res­cue teams were still not able to reach all the af­fected ar­eas, the BBC re­ported.

With the ground still shak­ing from af­ter­shocks, peo­ple were still too afraid to go in­doors. An earth­quake mea­sur­ing 6 on the Richter scale rocked Sumba is­land of In­done­sia on Tuesday, but there were no re­ports of any dam­age.

Colonel Muham­mad Tho­hir of the In­done­sian Army said that au­thor­i­ties need to send aid via he­li­copter in ar­eas Geneva: The UN Cen­tral Emer­gency Re­sponse Fund has an­nounced that it would al­lo­cate $15 mil­lion to help the vic­tims, es­pe­cially women and girls, of the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake and tsunami that rocked In­done­sia’s Su­lawesi is­land last week. The twin dis­as­ters claimed over 1,400 lives, caused wide­spread dam­age by de­stroy­ing homes, build­ings and in­fra­struc­ture. Ac­cord­ing to In­done­sian of­fi­cials, an es­ti­mated 2.4 mil­lion peo­ple were af­fected by the tragedy. The num­ber of dead was ex­pected to rise amid on­go­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions. UN Un­der Sec­re­tary-gen­eral for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs and Emer­gency Re­lief Co­or­di­na­tor Mark Low­cock said that the funds would meet the most ur­gent needs of women and girls be­cause “we know from ex­pe­ri­ence round the world (they) are of­ten par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble in cir­cum­stances like this”, Efe news re­ported. like Dong­gala, one of the towns most af­fected by the tsunami, as well as other dis­tricts which were not ac­ces­si­ble to the res­cuers. He said gaso­line and water sup­plies were be­ing trans­ported to the Su­lawesi is­land, but they were still in­suf­fi­cient for the peo­ple af­fected.

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