‘Full impact’ of Indonesia disaster unclear, as UN teams push into worst-hit areas ‘Full impact’ of Indonesia disaster unclear, as UN teams push into worst-hit areas ￼ © UNICEF/Arimacs Wilander
On 30 September 2018 in Indonesia, residents evacuate victims who died during the Palu earthquake at the Balaroa National Park, West Palu, Central Sulawesi, after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi on September 28.
2 October 2018
Four days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, UN agencies and partners have warned that some communities have yet to be reached and the death toll may rise, as the scale of the destruction unfolds “The Government of Indonesia have confirmed that 1,234 people have died following the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi,” Jens Laerke, from the UN humanitarian coordinating office, OCHA, told journalists in Geneva. “Some 800 people have been seriously injured and nearly 100 people are still missing. It is likely that the casualty figures will increase as more areas become accessible and the Government conducts more assessments.” At a collapsed church in Sigi Biromaru district, to the south of Palu city, rescuers described struggling through thick mud to retrieve the bodies of more than 30 youngsters from a bible study group. “It took them one-and-a-half hours to carry each of the bodies out to nearby ambulances, having to wade through incredibly deep mud,” said Matthew Cochrane, spokesperson for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “The sense from the teams all working there…is one of real frustration”, he said adding that “there are still large areas of what might be the worst-affected areas that haven’t been properly reached, but the teams are pushing, they are doing what they can.” . .
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