Indonesia's quakes, tsunami kill 2,073 as search mission extended

Saul Bowman
October 14, 2018

"Here in Palu, I saw first-hand the destruction caused by the recent natural disaster and tsunami", Guterres said on Twitter during the visit.

"The operations of search and rescue for the victims will be completed this Thursday afternoon", said to AFP Bambang Suryo, head of research at Palu.

A magnitude 6.0 quake shook the tourist hotspot of Bali two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago.

An natural disaster of 6.0 magnitude shook hotels where International Monetary Fund delegates were attention a summit, on Thursday, killed three people after a quake-tsunami which killed more than 2,000 elsewhere in the archipelago, Indonesia.

"I hope the government can provide us a place to live, because I can't go home". More than 8,000 either injured or vulnerable residents have been flown or shipped out of Palu, while others could have left by land. "But I think I have to accept that I may never find them", he said. About 82,775 were placed in over 100 shelter camps.

Guterres and Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla toured one of the worst-hit areas, and spoke with survivors being treated at an outdoor tent hospital and evacuation centre. More than 200,000 people remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Palu.


After making a rare appeal for worldwide assistance, the country's aid agency says it now only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport, and that foreign aid workers can only be in the field with Indonesian partners.

Some foreign rescue teams were unable to access the disaster zone and deploy quickly to help search for the dead and missing. "We want to help as many as we can". "But this still needs verification", agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 natural disaster struck the eastern coast of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that killed around 230,000 people as it tore along the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

In 2004, a quake off the north Indonesia island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Over 5,000 people are missing from Petobo and Balaroa, as based on reports from village chiefs, the disaster agency has said.

In a statement, Indonesia's foreign ministry explained that foreign aid workers must first coordinate with the national team, local agencies or non-governmental organisations leading the rescue and recovery effort.

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