Mass burial to be held for Indonesia's tsunami victims

01 October, 2018, 12:23 | Author: Angel Logan
  • At Least 30 Killed by 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake, Tsunami in Indonesia

About 1.6 million people are estimated to have been affected on top of those killed and injured.

Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo was scheduled to visit affected areas of the city on Sunday.

It wasn't immediately clear what type of help was being authorised.

TRT World's Ben Tornquist reports. The trench dug in Palu was 33 feet by 330 feet and can be enlarged if needed, said Willem Rampangilei, chief of Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency. "I hope they are safe". "Our thoughts are with all the victims and first responders working around the clock to save lives", Stylianides said.

Communications were only in service in Palu city, the spokesman said, adding that due to the communications cut-off in the other three districts of Donggala, Parigi Moutong and North Mamuju, the situation of the catastrophe in these areas could not be known intensively. Communication is still down, power is still out. The regencies of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong - with combined populations of 1.2 million - had yet to be fully assessed. Footage from MetroTV on Sunday showed images of destroyed houses in Donggala and areas that were once land now inundated with water.

Smaller aftershocks from Friday's quake continued to rumble through the area.

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth.

Three French nationals and a South Korean, who may have been staying at a flattened hotel, had not yet been accounted for, it added. The 832 dead included people crushed in the quake and swept away by the tsunami.

Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the final death toll could be thousands.

"When the wave came, I lost her", he said. BNI said some of its branches in the region would be ready to open on Monday.

Footage of Palu, the provincial capital, shows a sea of destruction, with a crumpled mess of houses, cars and trees mashed together, with rooftops and roads split asunder. Hundreds more were feared buried in landslides that engulfed villages.

TRT World's Philip Owira reports.

"We tried to find shelter, but then I heard people shouting, 'Water!"

The state energy company said it was airlifting in 4,000 litres of fuel to help with the rescue effort, while the state logistics agency said it was preparing to send hundreds of tonnes of rice.

Indonesia is preparing a mass grave to bury its dead in the aftermath of the deadly 7.5-magnitude natural disaster, which triggered a tsunami in Palu last week.

Questions are sure to be asked why warning systems set up after that disaster appear to have failed on Friday, and why more people in coastal areas had not moved to higher ground after a big quake, even in the absence of an official warning.

Sutopo said there were many people on the beach when the tsunami slammed into Palu.

Because the system was not operating, Comfort said officials had no direct measurement of changes in the water caused by the quake and had to depend on less-sensitive, land-based systems. One video posted on YouTube showed people grabbing boxes of supplies from a truck.

More than half of the 560 inmates in a Palu prison fled after its walls collapsed during the quake, said its warden, Adhi Yan Ricoh.

The BMKG said its closest tidal gauge sensor, about 200 km from Palu, had only recorded an "insignificant" 6cm wave.

With roads into Palu blocked by landslides and the town's airport damaged, getting teams of relief workers from elsewhere in Indonesia to the disaster zone was proving hard, delaying timely assistance to survivors and the arrival of heavy equipment that could save the people trapped inside downed buildings.

Countries such as Thailand and Australia have already offered to help.

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