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About 1,000 People are Still Being Buried Due to The Earthquake in Palu Indonesia

Sabtu, 06 Oktober 2018 | 10:24
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The Earthquake in Palu Indonesia
RIAUGREEN.COM - The death victim from the earthquake and tsunami in Palu and surrounding areas has reached 1,571 people and as many as 1,000 others may have been buried in the ruins of houses and buildings.

Reporting from okezone, data regarding the death victim was stated by a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The number of buried victims was presented by the National SAR Agency.

"We estimate that there are more than 1,000 houses buried, so maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing," Yusuf Latif, Head of Public Relations for the National SAR Agency, M. Yusuf Latif, told the AFP news agency on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Yusuf refers to the Balaroa housing complex which was affected by liquefaction after the earthquake-tsunami struck Palu, on 28 September 2018. "However, we are still not sure because there is still a possibility that some people will be able to get out," he added.

While Sutopo admitted that he did not know how much, "we don't know yet ... so if based on reports or statements of survivors there are many (who are still missing). How many numbers (of course) we cannot deliver," explained Sutopo.

He added that BNPB will update data on the number of people who are still declared missing from time to time.

'There are no signs of life'

The searches included at the Mercure Palu Hotel.

Here a group of Indonesian rescue teams worked with a French non-governmental organization, the International Emergency Fire Department, to find and find victims.

They use a variety of ways, including sending sniffer dogs and detecting signs of life.

"Yesterday we detected a heartbeat and a sign of breathing, but there was no movement. That means someone did not move, was trapped. Now there is no signal," Philippe Besson, chairman of the International Emergency Fire Agency, told AFP. (rdk)