Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Further Australian support following the Sulawesi quake and tsunami

Further Australian support following the Sulawesi quake and tsunami

"They are people who want to leave Palu temporarily to stay at their relatives houses in their respective cities, because they are still traumatized [by the quake] and struggle to meet their daily needs", he said.

Those not found by Thursday will be presumed dead, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

An Air Force C-130 Hercules carried about 120 survivors 380 kilometres west, across the Makassar Strait, to the port city of Balikpapan, after dropping off 10.6 tonnes of aid to the city of Palu yesterday.

The death toll following the natural disaster and tsunami that struck Indonesia in September rose to 1,763 on October 7, according to officials cited in news reports.

The United Nations said that almost 200,000 Indonesians, including tens of thousands of children, are in need of urgent aid.

Officials believe more than 100 people are still missing.

"Most of the bodies we have found are not intact, and that poses a danger for the rescuers".

Hoax warnings have proliferated since the magnitude 7.5 quake and tsunami on Friday, and the national disaster agency has asked people to only rely on credible sources of information.

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Oxfam had sent water treatment units and purification kits to Palu and Swiss aid teams on the ground were providing drinking water and emergency shelter, both said in statements Saturday. The victims can be considered as "martyrs", he added.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 11 transport aircraft have been pledged, including two each from Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Malaysia, and one from India.

Most would have to torn down and rebuilt, he said.

Authorities have yet to conduct a tally of casualties in Sirenja and the other districts near the epicenter north of Palu, but Lakuaci estimated dozens of people had been killed in the area.

Despite that, Allibert said it had been hard to get permits for Sulawesi.

Muhlis, whose uncle was still missing in Balaroa, said the missing and dead should be honoured respectfully.

Sulawesi is one of the archipelago nation's five main islands, and like the others, is exposed to frequent earthquakes and tsunami.

As of Saturday morning, October 6, the number of dead in the natural disaster and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has increased to 1648.

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Aid has been slow to reach survivors, and desperate villagers have stormed into shops to grab food supplies.

The city of Palu, on the other hand, 78 km (48 miles) away, suffered heavy casualties, with hotels, shopping malls and countless houses destroyed in the quake and by a tsunami that scoured the city's oceanfront shortly after.

Children in the Indonesian city of Palu began returning to school on Monday to tidy up their classrooms and hopefully see their friends 10 days after a major quake and tsunami struck.

Several non-governmental groups were also arriving.

They are unsure when they'll be able to rebuild and spend hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators. Figures for more remote areas, some just re-connected to the outside world by road, are trickling in.

The official toll has surpassed 1,400 deaths with thousands injured and 70,000 residents displaced.

The U.N. announced a $15 million allocation to bolster relief efforts.

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