PH ready to as­sist In­done­sia over deadly quake, tsunami

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THE Philip­pine Government, through the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA), on Satur­day ex­pressed readi­ness to re­spond and as­sist In­done­sia after a pow­er­ful earth­quake and tsunami struck Cen­tral Su­lawasi, killing al­most 400 on Fri­day.

At the same time, the agency ex­tended con­do­lences to the be­reaved fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.

“We grieve with our In­done­sian broth­ers and sis­ters and stand hand in hand with them in pray­ing for all of those who lost their lives in this tragedy,” For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano said from New York, where he is at­tend­ing the 73rd ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly.

Am­bas­sador to In­done­sia Lee­hiong Wee said the mag­ni­tude 7.4 earth­quake and tsunami struck the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Palu and the neigh­bor­ing city of Dong­gala.

The In­done­sian Dis­as­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Agency (BNPB) placed the ini­tial death toll at 384 peo­ple with more than 500 in­jured. At least 29 are still miss­ing.

Wee said the only Filipino in the area - a de­tainee serv­ing his sen­tence at the La­pas Pen­i­ten­tiary - was con­firmed safe./pna

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