South African aid group arrives in Indonesia

07 October, 2018, 15:45 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Image    Where the village of Petobo once stood it is now a muddy wasteland

"We carry whatever we can by auto or motorbike within the city wherever we can". Supply of gasoline was gradually improving as the government ordered state-run oil and gas firm Pertamina to mobilize its gasoline stocks stored in provinces around Sulawesi to the tsunami-affected Palu. "The situation is incredibly tense, and people are becoming increasingly panicked as misinformation compounds an already desperate situation".

Hasnah said she has sufficient food and water for now, but she's furious that a search and rescue operation in her area only began on Thursday. "Gasoline is limited and drinking water is a problem and a real basic need".

Sulawesi is also home to a large Christian minority. Since then, it has continued to spew lava.

The national disaster agency says more than 148 million Indonesians are at risk in earthquake-prone areas and 3.8 million people also face danger from tsunamis, with at most a 40 minute window for warning people to flee.

While the power is back in Palu, it will take much longer for people to pick up the pieces of their lives.

"The Filipino nation extends its most honest sympathies to our Indonesian brothers and sisters affected by the recent quake and tsunami", President Rodrigo Duterte's office said in a statement.

Nugroho said most of the 1,424 confirmed dead had been buried. And they're chasing you, and they're asking for food. Hadisaputra explained that soldiers had initially tolerated looting in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, when vital resources were badly needed, and aid in short supply.

"Logistics are in and continue to spread, there are places that we haven't reached", he said.

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"I saw our homes being sucked into the earth. And every part of human existence is strewn among the debris".

Inhabitants of more remote, rural areas have complained of a lack of aid and support since the tragedy.

Suahasil Nazara, who heads the fiscal policy office at the finance ministry, said the strategy would be launched when Indonesia hosts the the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Bali later this month.

Landslides, severely damaged roads and other challenges have made it hard to assess the full extent of the disaster.

Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that water is the main issue because most of the water supply infrastructure has been damaged. "There is no such thing as looting", he said on a visit to Palu.

There are some signs of hope.

"We estimate there were over one thousand houses buried, so maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing", Mr Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told AFP.

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