Global

Indonesia to accept global help after devastating quake and tsunami

Indonesia to accept global help after devastating quake and tsunami

Those who are stuck are struggling to get hold of food and clean water - which is in short supply.

Makassar is over 700 kilometres (435 miles) from Palu and Donggala.

The number of people displaced by last Friday's magnitude-7.4 quake and tsunami in the provincial capital Palu and Donggala regency has risen to 48,000, prompting a mobilisation of 2,300 more Indonesian military and police personnel to reinforce relief operations.

"There are still hundreds of victims buried in mud" in the area, he said.

Willem Rampangilei, the chief of Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said the grave was dug in Palu, where the majority of the casualties have been recorded and is 33 feet by 330 feet.

Villagers in a region close to the city of Palu where the tsunami hit, are reportedly still pulling out loved ones, both dead and alive, from the mud.

A tsunami hit Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Central Sulawesi on Friday evening, triggered by a 7.4-magnitude quake that rocked the province at 5:02 p.m. Jakarta time. Toppled cellphone towers made communication hard in much of the town, while lack of electricity and downed power lines left plunged many parts into darkness after sun set.

In a post to Twitter, the disaster agency spokesman also warned residents to be alert to the hoax forecasts of further tsunamis and earthquakes he said were appearing on social media.

Other rescuers worked to try to free a 15-year-old girl trapped under concrete in her house in Palu after it collapsed on her family during the quake.

It lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. He added that C-130s - created to land and take off from short runways - are one of the few planes able to operate from Palu airport, where about 200m of runway has been damaged by the quake. "We monitored the situation for three hours but did not detect any unusual activity in the oceanic buoys and sea level tide gauges", said director S.S.C. Shenoi. "We just want to be safe!".

The airport has been closed to commercial traffic since the disaster struck Friday night.

Internal affairs minister Tjahjo Kumolo, asked about reports of sporadic looting, said he had ordered authorities to help people get food and drink and businesses would be compensated.

More news: Hazard happy whether he stays at Chelsea or leaves

Indonesia's President Widodo has approved foreign aid after visiting the area on Sunday.

A mass burial of people who died in last Friday's quake and tsunami in central Indonesia has begun.

Around midday, teams of workers, their mouths covered by masks, carried 18 bagged bodies and laid them in a trench. A backhoe waited to push soil on top of the dead. According to the New York Times, authorities said that they have been forced to bury at least 300 bodies in a mass grave.

However, almost three days after the quake, the extent of the disaster was not known with authorities bracing for the death toll to climb - perhaps into the thousands - as connections with remote areas up and down the coast are restored.

People drive past a washed up boat and collapsed buildings in Palu on Monday after earthquakes and a tsunami hit the area on Sept 28.

The Chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Lembong, took to Twitter on Monday to announce that Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has authorized the acceptance of global aid for the disaster.

Almost four days after the quake, the extent of the disaster was not known with authorities bracing for the toll to climb - perhaps into the thousands - as connections with remote areas up and down the coast are restored. The quake and tsunami damaged airports, hospitals and other crucial infrastructure.

The number of dead after Friday's disaster on the island of Sulawesi stands at 832 but authorities fear many more bodies will be found in remote areas - possibly thousands.

Yenni Suryani, of Catholic Relief Services, said aid agencies were struggling to get staff into affected areas as the main airport at Palu was damaged, landslides had cut road links and "power is out nearly everywhere".

On Monday, the government made the decision to conduct a mass burial of those lost in the tragedy saying that "This must be done as soon as possible for health and religious reasons".

The frantic search for more survivors continues at what used to be the Roa Roa Hotel, where officials believe as many as 50 people could be buried in the debris.


  • PNG citizens in crash, PM warns of fake news

    PNG citizens in crash, PM warns of fake news

    The airline did not immediately respond to requests for more details about the passenger, such as his age or nationality. Social media posts shows a series of small boats helping passengers from the submerged aircraft.
    Elon Musk Is Having a Very Bad Week. So Are Tesla Investors

    Elon Musk Is Having a Very Bad Week. So Are Tesla Investors

    Lenders could be reluctant to throw money at Tesla when the chief executive is facing a potentially lengthy court battle. This is only the latest, albeit the most severe, in a series of controversies Musk has drawn in recent months.
    Supreme Court's Ginsburg voices support for #MeToo on eve of Kavanaugh hearing

    Supreme Court's Ginsburg voices support for #MeToo on eve of Kavanaugh hearing

    Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. "They laugh like hell", the president said. Hoping the hearing will yield no new surprises, the Judiciary Committee scheduled its own vote on Kavanaugh for Friday.
  • Adultery grounds for divorce, not criminal offense

    Adultery grounds for divorce, not criminal offense

    If the defendant is found guilty, he could be thrown in jail for up to five years, face a fine, or both. Those who brought the case had sought to have section 497 of the Indian penal code made gender neutral.
    Reasons why Mourinho will win the war against Paul Pogba

    Reasons why Mourinho will win the war against Paul Pogba

    Jose Mourinho must heal a growing rift within his dressing-room that has been exacerbated by his toxic feud with Paul Pogba . The Instagram post showed Pogba and team-mate Andres Pereira laughing in the stands at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

    Dabney Friedrich refutes mother's anonymous accusations against Kavanaugh sent to Senate

    Facing criticism from some Democratic senators for including Mitchell in the hearing, Chairman Chuck Grassley , R-Iowa, told Sen. I've been corresponding this week with a woman who went to nearby Walter Johnson High School and who socialized with Kavanaugh.
  • Flake defends call for Kavanaugh delay: 'We're coming apart at the seams'

    Flake defends call for Kavanaugh delay: 'We're coming apart at the seams'

    Kavanaugh has demonstrated he lacks the moral fitness we should demand of anyone who aims to sit on our nation's highest court". Ford said took part in the assault, has told the committee he has no memory of the party.
    US B-52s fly over South and East China Seas

    US B-52s fly over South and East China Seas

    The Chinese foreign ministry warned of "severe damage" to bilateral relations if the sale announced Monday goes through. Consulate in Hong Kong, said in an email.
    UK Opposition agrees to keep

    UK Opposition agrees to keep "all options" alive on Brexit

    Sir Keir told Labour activists the PM's plans looked set to fail the six tests set by Labour for any deal with Brussels. Ms Butler's remarks were "far from what we should be standing for as a party", one Labour MP told the Press Association.
  • Blame United's players for 'horrendous' display - Shaw

    Blame United's players for 'horrendous' display - Shaw

    You look at our team and we had a very strong team. "It was not good enough from a Man United team with all the talent we have". The manager isn't on the pitch, is he? Yes, he's responsible for the team that he puts out and motivating the team.
    Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

    Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

    For years, Google allowed users of its Chrome browser to surf the web without logging in through a personal Google account. While a handful of people have welcomed the new sign-in activity, there is a very vocal number who are extremely unhappy.

    Oculus Reveals New Flagship Wireless VR Headset

    The Quest also features its own audio solution, with earphones embedded into the headstrap, providing 360° audio as you game. Oculus Quest will sit alongside the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go, offering VR experiences at several different price points.