Jaw-Dropping Drone Videos Of Indonesian Tsunami

Oct 02, 2018, 08:37
Jaw-Dropping Drone Videos Of Indonesian Tsunami

Three days after the quake that shook the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and the devastating tsunami that swept through Palu City, UNICEF says the situation for tens of thousands of children will remain extremely precarious in the days ahead.

In response, President Joko Widodo opened the door to the dozens of worldwide aid agencies and NGOs who are lined up to provide life-saving assistance.

A spokesman for the country's disaster agency said the death toll had increased by 12 from a day earlier.

Rescue workers are still hunting for survivors and dead bodies buried in the rubble and debris even as authorities to provide essentials such as food to people in Palu, which has seen the worst devastation due the natural disaster and tsunami.

A tsunami hit Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Central Sulawesi on Friday evening, triggered by a 7.4-magnitude natural disaster that rocked the province at 5:02 p.m. Jakarta time.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said conditions in the Petobo neighbourhood of Palu city are particularly bad because the quake caused a phenomenon called liquefaction, which occurs when loose water-filled soil near the surface loses its strength and collapses.

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At Poboya - in the hills above the devastated seaside city of Palu - volunteers dug a 100 metre-long grave to bury the dead, with instructions to prepare for 1,300 victims to be laid to rest.

The d‌e‌at‌h toll is expected to climb as thousands more are fe‌ar‌ed to be b‌uri‌ed under the mud after the qua‌ke, The Sun reports.

Dozens of people are feared to be underneath the rubble of one hotel alone, the Roa-Roa in the devastated resort of Palu.

A family mourns for their lost loved one Sunday in Palu. "Let's hope that it will be done in one or two days", he said. "We don't have any other choice, we must get food", one survivor in Palu told Agence France-Presse. He has no idea where she is now, or whether she is even alive. "This is for sure a matter of life and death for the prisoners", she added. "I was carried about 50 meters".

"I took a 2-year-old (child) on my head, a 3-year-old on my back, and held a 5-year-old while struggling to swim out from mud to the asphalt road", Setiwan said. "We need everything, food, water", said a group of teenagers.

"This morning I went back to the beach, I found my motorbike and my wife's wallet".

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"We will send food today, as much as possible with several aircraft", Widodo told reporters in the capital of Jakarta.

"Communication is limited, heavy machinery is limited.it's not enough for the numbers of buildings that collapsed", he said.

A ship is seen stranded on the shore in Wani, Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on October 1. Most casualties are from Palu, as the situation in outlying areas like Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong, is yet to be ascertained.

Of particular concern is Donggala, a region of about 300,000 residents north of Palu that is close to the epicenter of the quake, which triggered a tsunami with waves as high as 20 feet.

A warning system was put in place across the whole Pacific region after the 2004 disaster, which killed almost a quarter of a million people.

"We have to be very careful so we don't risk hurting any survivors when we move the debris", he said.

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