Indonesia's grim search for disaster dead draws to a close

13 October, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Carlos George
  • Indonesia tells independent foreign aid workers to leave quake zone

Bali is hosting the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank this week, which are being attended by more than 19,000 delegates and other guests, including ministers and some leaders.

In East Java, three people were crushed to death in their sleep when the quake brought down buildings in Sumenep district and sent people fleeing their homes.

According to the latest data, the official death toll stood at 2,073 while 2,549 people have been seriously injured and 680 remain missing.

The US Geological Survey website stated the quake had a 6.0 magnitude.

Thousands of survivors of a devastating quake-tsunami prayed Friday by the shores of disaster-struck Palu, as the United Nations chief praised their "resilience" during a tour of the devastated Indonesian city.

He said the country's disaster response budget is now 4 trillion rupiah ($262 million) a year, equivalent to 0.002 percent of the state budget.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre oceanographer David Walsh said any tsunami from the natural disaster would only affect areas immediately around the epicentre.

If any reminder were needed of Indonesia's treacherous tectonics, a magnitude 6 quake struck off Java and Bali islands early on Thursday, killing three people in Java, damaging buildings and sparking panic.

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It struck the island of New Britain this morning, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there is now a threat of a tsunami.

Those zones were all but destroyed by liquefaction, a phenomenon where the brute force of a quake turns soil to quicksand.

Indonesia's disaster agency says it only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport from other countries as it responds to the Sulawesi quake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people.

Stretches of the coastline were trashed by the tsunami that Nugroho said had waves up to 11 meters (36 feet) high. Memorials will be constructed in hard-hit neighborhoods such as Balaroa and Petobo, he said at a news conference in Jakarta.

BMKG's Professor Dwikorita told Elshinta radio: "Intensity V could cause most of the items in a house to sway, with some of them falling onto the floor".

"I tell my family they have to be strong, not scared, so that I can be strong", said Joko, 41.

Indonesia initially refused global help but four days after the disaster President Joko Widodo reluctantly agreed to allow in overseas aid.

The Indonesian aid agency has said it now only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport.

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