Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Volunteers bury more bodies from Indonesia quake

Volunteers bury more bodies from Indonesia quake

Last weeks Sulawesi quake and tsunami devastation for the city of Palu and the region surrounding it are expected to cost the country significantly more. "But not yet to the most inaccessible places", Sinta said.

A man sits on a chair in the shell of a house heavily damaged by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirts of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Oct. 4, 2018.

"It's really hard to find water and we don't have a place to shower, but thank God we got some aid from the government, including a medical checkup", said Masrita Arifin, who was camped out a few hundred meters (yards) from her family's heavily damaged home. 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.

A French rescue team was using high-tech equipment that measures heartbeats and breaths to search for survivors under the rubble.

Australia will send more than 50 medical professionals to Indonesia to help with the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster and tsunami as part of a 5 million Australian dollar ($3.6 million) aid package.

Worldwide aid offers have picked up since Jakarta's belated request for help, with the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund announcing late on Tuesday that it was releasing US$15 million (RM62.11 million) in aid. The Red Cross is dispatching ships loaded with supplies including field kitchens, tents, body bags and mosquito nets. Many relatives await patiently for news of loved ones.

Indonesian authorities said that there have been 422 aftershocks in the past week, including one 6.3 magnitude tremor.

He was referring to the vast Balaroa government housing complex that was flattened by the quake.

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"There is always hope", said the group's president Philippe Besson. Most of the contents were posted to Facebook, he added.

Martinus Hamaele was among those keeping vigil outside the shattered hotel, desperate for news about his missing daughter, Meiren.

"I think we can do a lot of good here".

"But there was no response, just silence".

Meanwhile, the authorities have set a tentative deadline of Friday to find anyone still trapped under rubble, at which point a week after this devastating double disaster the chances of finding survivors will dwindle to nearly zero.

There have been small signs of things returning to normal.

The city, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, has teetered close to chaos this week, with outbreaks of looting, but a recovery was evident as some shops and banks reopened and a major mobile phone network was back in operation.

Indonesia and its 18,000 islands are located along the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire" and are frequently struck by natural disaster, volcano and tsunami activity.

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