Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sulawesi, Indonesia - after the quake and tsunami

Sulawesi, Indonesia - after the quake and tsunami

"Why aren't we getting better at handling it?"

As the official death toll from multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province rose to 2,073, the Indonesian government announced at a press conference that it will make one last push to locate survivors. Up to 5,000 more may be missing.

Rescuers will still be positioned in Palu until 26 October, the date on which the state of emergency imposed on the area after the disaster should be lifted.

Nugroho conceded that Indonesia's preparedness for disasters and capacity to respond still fall woefully short, not least because public funding is so low.

The quake shook the tourist hotspot of Bali two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago. "We want to help as many as we can", he said. "It needs budget", he said.

'They say there is no need for aid in Indonesia.

Last month, a 7.4-magnitude natural disaster struck Sulawesi Island, which triggered a tsunami in the cities of Donggala and Palu that towered up to 10 feet (3 meters) high.

After delivering supplies, it will also assist in moving supplies and other aid around the region, which is still experiencing tremors almost two weeks after the massive natural disaster.

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Indonesia's search for victims buried in Palu neighborhoods annihilated by an quake and tsunami is drawing to a close nearly two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city.

More than 82,000 people were displaced in the worst-hit city of Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of the capital, Jakarta, and 67,000 homes destroyed or damaged.

A string of earthquakes in Lombok in eastern Indonesia killed more than 550 people over the summer.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. "To the many people I saw and spoke to: your strength and resilience are remarkable".

Many areas are pressed into the earth as it is sucked, when the tremors have turned the ground into quicksand, a process known as liquefaction.

Guterres greets children while visiting a camp for displaced natural disaster and liquefaction victims in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

A short time later a 7.0-magnitude natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island. "There are no guidelines on how to handle it", Antonius Ratdomopurbo, secretary of the Geological Agency at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, told reporters this week. The quake triggered a tsunami warning.

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