Aftermath of Indonesia's natural disaster and tsunami

Aftermath of Indonesia's natural disaster and tsunami

The process to deliver aids for refugees and survivors of tsunami faced difficulties as the mainland accesses to Palu and Donggala were clogged by stones rolling down from hills due to aftershocks that made it riskier for aids team to get supplies to Palu.

"The earth was like a blender, blending everything in its way", said Hasnah, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name. "Allah willing, heaven for him".

Men with skull caps sat on prayer mats in an open field outside the damaged Agung Mosque in Palu, some weeping openly as they reflected on their losses and prayed for their loved ones.

According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management on Friday, the death toll from the quake and tsunami has risen to one thousand, five hundred and fifty-eight.

The rescuers, using sniffer dogs and scanners, had detected what they believed was a person under mounds of rubble the previous evening but when they resumed the hunt early Friday, all signs of life had disappeared. The translator said it's possible other factors such as gas in the rubble could result in a false positive, Hamaale told The Associated Press.

"We are perplexed and frustrated mostly". Now we have nothing at all.

He says the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs has asked the United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, to send social workers to the affected area to support children who are alone or became separated from their families.

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.

But some residents refused to give up hope.


The looting of stores and mini markets in Palu and the other city affected by the quake, Donggala, entered a concerning level as people also targeted stores selling secondary goods other than stores selling staple foods and daily necessities, Xinhua news agency reported.

It brings New Zealand's total aid assistance to $5m.

Television footage showed personnel loading boxes of food into trucks that will be delivered to outlying areas, where many evacuees are still complaining that aid has been slow to arrive.

The agency said the health ministry has identified air transportation, water treatment, generators and shelter or tents as key priorities.

More than 65,000 homes were damaged and more than 60,000 people have been displaced and are in need of emergency help. The government has said hundreds of people were severely injured in Friday's disasters.

Global volunteers said many camps lack adequate sanitation, sparking fears of the spread of disease.

"Maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing", Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told AFP.

Many villagers remained traumatized as aftershocks continued to jolt the region. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said security was being ramped up to ensure law and order after 92 people were arrested for looting goods such as motor oil, tires and farming equipment. "I couldn't hold back my tears".

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