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Indonesia: UN Seeks US$50-M Disaster Aid, Rescue Mission Ends

  • United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said he was deeply saddened to see so many people suffering.

    United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said he was deeply saddened to see so many people suffering. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 October 2018
Opinion

Rescue efforts have come to an end two weeks after the 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck the region, triggering a devastating tsunami.

The United Nations has requested US$50 million in urgent aid for the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia as the World Bank announces five million dollars in financial aid for reconstruction.  

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"Here in Palu I saw first-hand the destruction caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami, to all the people I've seen and spoken with: your strength and endurance are extraordinary," the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said in a tweet, adding that he was "deeply saddened" to see so many people suffering. 

There are about 2,549 injured people and some 82,000 others are displaced.

Indonesian authorities have terminated the search for victims. The rescue efforts have come to an end two weeks after the 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck the region, triggering a devastating tsunami.

"The UN is with you to help in the rescue and assistance of the government," added Guterres, who attended a meeting of the IMF and World Bank in Bali, this week.

The death toll is at least 2,075. Another 5,000 missing people - although the official number is 680 - are believed to be buried under the debris, after the earthquake caused the liquefaction of the land. More than 75% of the fatalities were recorded in the city of Palu , one of the places Guterres visited.

Nearly half of the recovered bodies were buried in mass graves to prevent an epidemic, according to the rescue teams.

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