PALU – Aftermath of Magnitude 7.4 that rocked Sulawesi Tengah, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla (JK), and the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres, visited the survivors at the field hospital and evacuation centres, as well as a number of affected locations in the City of Palu, on Friday (12/10).
Before visiting the locations, the Head of the National Disaster Management Agency, Willem Rampangilei, briefed the Vice President, the UN Secretary General and representatives from the World Bank at the Mutiara Al-Jufri airport, Palu, on the effect of the earthquake, tsunami, and liquefaction to the area. Willem explained that the emergency phase is still ongoing and the Government of Sulawesi Tengah is extending the emergency phase until 26 October 2018.
Secretary General of the United Nations was impressed with the emergency operations by the Government of Indonesia because of the government’s ability to respond quickly. Operations are conducted very well after access through land and sea are opened and the recovery of basic utility services, such as electricity, water and fuel. To rehabilitee the electricity grid, te State Electric Company (PLN) mobilised 1,500 personnel to repair the supply line from the main station to the households. In the meantime, fuel is now available on 33 out of 36 gas stations in the affected areas of Palu, Sigi and Donggala.
The Vice President JK and the UN Secretary General visited Balaroa, an area that was affected by liquefaction and the Talise beach that was hit by tsunami. Antonio Gutteres said that he is always ready to support the people of Indonesia, especially the people of Sulawesi Tengah.
“Here in Palu, I witnessed directly the destruction caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami. When I met and discussed with the survivors, they showed immense courage and resilience. The United Nations are with you to support the government in the ongoing rescue and recovery,” said Gutteres through his twitter on 12 October.
With regards to the international assistance, the BNPB in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) is receiving assistance from ASEAN countries and 16 other countries in the form of airplane transport and food and non-food items. The Head of UNOCHA Indonesia, Oliver Lacey-Hall, praised the partnership of the AHA Centre and the BNPB and the ASEAN Community in building solidarity for disaster management.
A Magnitude 7.4 earthquake that rocked Sulawesi Tengah on 28 September 2018 has caused 2,090 fatalities, 10,679 severe injuries and more than 87,000 displacement. The government of Sulawesi Tengah extend the emergency phase period until 26 October 2018. As of now, the local government with the support from the relevant Ministries/Agencies are conducting surveys to determine the location for the temporary homes.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Head of Data, Information and Public relations Centre of BNPB