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Starting October 11, The Search for The Tsunami-Earthquake Victims of Palu Was stopped

Selasa, 09 Oktober 2018 | 15:07
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The earthquake and tsunami in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
RIAUGREEN.COM - National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) will stop the search and evacuation of the victims of the earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi starting Thursday, October 11, 2018. However, if there are people who want to keep looking for victims the government invited it.

"So from 11 October 2018 the evacuation process was officially stopped," BNPB Head of Information and Public Relations Center, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said at a press conference at BNPB Head Office, Jalan Pramuka, East Jakarta, Tuesday (10/09/2018) as quoted from okezone.com.

The hammer was rocked by an earthquake on Friday, September 23, 2018, followed by a tsunami that hit the coast of the city. Then three villages namely Petobo, Balaroa and Jono Oge "swallowed by mud" or liquefaction that emerged after the earthquake.

On October 11, even 11 days of searching for victims were carried out so that the government decided to stop it and focused on handling infrastructure recovery.

One reason to stop the evacuation of victims there, continued Sutopo, because the condition of the body was confirmed to have been blistered and unrecognized if it had passed two weeks. So, if later a body is found after the search is stopped, it is immediately buried without being identified again.

"The bodies found were immediately buried because they have the potential to cause disease," he added.

Sutopo said that the evacuation in Jono Oge could not be done because the mud was still wet, the terrain was heavy and there were no amphibious excavators.

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"Proposing an evacuation is not continued, making the location of mass burials," he said.

(Also read: 5,000 people in Balaroa and Petobo reported missing due to liquefaction)

Sutopo explained, it still allows the public and volunteers who want to find relatives.

"But if people want to find us," he concluded.

(Also read: Be Careful, Hoaks Spread Post-Earthquake and Tsunami in Palu)

BNPB recorded up to H + 11 or today the number of victims who died as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi was found as many as 2,010 people. (rdk)

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