Government Humanitarian Aid Looted on Way to Donggala and Palu

Indonesia Aid

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a briefing in Jakarta that the search will continue for hundreds still missing, including many buried in deep mud and debris from collapsed houses and buildings.

He hinted the urgency to get the devices resume operation.

Almost a week after an quake struck Sulawesi, spawning a massive tsunami that overwhelmed the Indonesian island's central coast, aid groups are finally getting a foothold in the badly battered region - though challenges remain huge for relief and recovery efforts.

Indonesia has been hit by a number of earthquakes in recent months, with the events that struck the island of Lombok and surrounding area in July and August now thought to have cost nearly $800 million. "So we do it along the road at night", said 50-year-old ArmawatiYarmin.

Improvised white flags - a pillowcase or duvet cover - fly outside many homes, signifying a death in the family.

The U.N. announced a $15 million allocation to bolster relief efforts.

Catastrophe bonds and the support of International Monetary Fund and World Bank entities could help Indonesia to put in place a funding mechanism that provides liquidity immediately after disaster strike, while the insurance and reinsurance market could help the government protect its own balance-sheet and buffer taxpayers. The report said the two were paragliding athletes taking part in an event in the area.

Police officials said that most of the looting occurred in Palu city - the worst affected by the twin disasters.

Van Deinse said she had been with an IFRC team that sought to bring supplies to the small village of Petobo, near Palu - only to discover that, for all intents and purposes, the village no longer even existed.

He said that accelerated works needed to be carried out by related institutions to fix the airport, access roads blocked by mud and stones from the quake.

Some roads remain impassable, detritus from the tsunami is scattered everywhere, and terrified people are sleeping outside in makeshift camps for fear of more quakes.

Worldwide efforts to help survivors of Indonesia's devastating quake and tsunami gathered pace oyesterday as concern grew for hundreds of thousands with little food and water, six days after disaster struck. Stores were also closed.

He said as of Wednesday, power supply in Palu has reached 40 percent of its normal capacity.

President Joko Widodo - who has battled false internet claims that he is a communist - inaugurated a new cyber security agency in January.

Military officials said Palu's airport is expected to reopen for civilian traffic later on Thursday.

The delivery of aids faced difficulties as the main land accesses to Palu and Donggala district were clogged by stones rolling down the hills due to aftershocks.

"Military personnel have been deployed to fuel depots, ATMs, markets and the airport to ensure that economic activities are running".

An aerial view of the destruction caused by an natural disaster in the Petabo neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Oct. 4, 2018.

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