Palace: PH to assist quake-hit Indonesia

Image    Where the village of Petobo once stood it is now a muddy wasteland

Image Where the village of Petobo once stood it is now a muddy wasteland

After arriving in the early hours of Friday morning in Jakarta, the team of paramedics, firefighters, doctors and a few journalists remain in the capital city until flights can be arranged to Palu.

"There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad", said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer trying to get basic food and other supplies out to fellow residents of Palu.

Last Friday, three shallow 6.0 magnitude, 7.4 and 6.1 Richter scale earthquakes which triggered a tsunami with waves between 0.5 and 3.0 meters devastated Palu and Donggala. He said the Palu airport will also be resume operations for passenger planes soon.

"Twelve people in this area haven't yet been found", Mohammad Thahir Talib told AFP.

"We've marked the possible bodies with sticks".

She says: "Australia is considering further support for the disaster, with the death toll expected to rise and millions affected by the crisis". Officials had previously estimated that around 100 people were missing. Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured. Marsudi said 18 countries had offered help and the government was still working out arrangements with some countries, including Japan and the United States.

Signs of desperation are growing, with police officers forced to fire warning shots and tear gas on Tuesday to ward off people ransacking shops. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said this week it had to be repaired and properly maintained.

Van Deinse said she had been with an IFRC team that sought to bring supplies to the small village of Petobo, near Palu - only to discover that, for all intents and purposes, the village no longer even existed.

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Search efforts focused on eight key locations on Friday, including a beach and the Balaroa area.

"The Philippines stands with Indonesia during this most hard time and is ready to provide assistance to Indonesia", he said.

It should be mandatory for all infrastructure projects to be screened to ensure they are equipped to handle disasters and are then maintained, said Arghya Sinha Roy, a disaster risk specialist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila.

In yet another reminder of Indonesia's vulnerability to natural disasters, the Soputan Volcano in Sulawesi erupted yesterday, spewing volcanic ash up to 4,000m above the crater.

He announced an allocation of US$15 million.

"We will be working with Indonesian authorities and our worldwide partners to provide an air bridge between Balikpapan and Palu and help bring aid supplies to where they are needed most".

Palu city on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after it was hit by a powerful quake and a wall of water which razed whole neighbourhoods to the ground, with the official death toll now 1,571.

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