Indonesia extends natural disaster, tsunami rescue operations

Leroy Wright
October 13, 2018

On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 quake struck the eastern coast of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that killed around 230,000 people as it tore along the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The IMF-World Bank meetings are being held until Sunday.

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.

"We send our condolences to those affected by the quake".

Thousands of survivors of a devastating quake-tsunami prayed Friday by the shores of disaster-struck Palu, as the United Nations chief praised their "resilience" during a tour of the devastated Indonesian city.

"All my neighbours were also running", said the mother of two.

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati told AFP.

It was felt on the tourist island of indonesia Bali, where the global monetary Fund and the world Bank hold their annual meeting.

"Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time", said one woman who took refuge in a hotel parking lot in Nusa Dua, a few kilometres from where the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are holding their meetings.

AT least three people were killed as a shallow 6.0-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java and Bali islands today, a government official said.

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The 11-year-old girl died after the strong winds swept up a metal carport and blew it into her home, hitting her on the head. Residents emerged in the early evening to assess damage when rains stopped, though skies were still overcast and windy.

Has Balaroa, Muhammad Rasidi, 29 years old, begins to resolve that three members of his family disappeared never to be found.

"We stayed outside until dawn", he said.

Many Indonesian go by one name.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an quake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead.

If any reminder were needed of Indonesia's treacherous tectonics, a magnitude 6 quake struck off Java and Bali islands early on Thursday, killing three people in Java, damaging buildings and sparking panic.

Thousands more remain missing since the twin disaster ravaged the city of Palu and surrounding areas.

"We've got experienced search and rescue teams here in Indonesia with really specialised equipment".

Our country, Nigeria and most of the African continent is not sitting on continental plates that make it prone to earthquakes and tsunamis, but we have natural disasters of our own.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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