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Australia, China, US, UK, others offer help for Palu earthquake & tsunami relief efforts

Wiranto (3rd from left) briefs the press over Palu & Donggala earthquake (Image credit: Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security office)

JAKARTA (RambuEnergy) – A number of countries, including Australia, China, US, UK, Saudi Arabia and others, have offered assistance to help the Indonesian government tackling the impact of massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Palu, Donggala and Sigi on the Island of Sulawesi late Friday (Sep. 28). The devastated earthquake and tsunami have killed nearly one thousand people.

The government of China, as reported by Xinhua, through its Red Cross has offered US$200,000 humanitarian aid in the form of cash to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI).

President China Xi Jinping has also offered condolence and sympathy to the Indonesian President Joko Widodo over the natural disaster in Palu and Donggala.

“I was shocked to hear the massive earthquake and huge tsunami that have hit Central Sulawesi province, and feel sad over the loss of life and damages that have happened,” President Xi said.

A powerful earthquake with magnitude 7.7 strength which was later updated by the Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency: BMKG (BMKG) to a magnitude of 7.4 has hit the territory of Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi on late Friday (Sep. 28) at 17.02 WIB or 18.02 local time.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 10 km on 27 km east of the Donggala Sea, Central Sulawesi. BMKG immediately activated tsunami early warning with Alert status (high potential tsunami 0.5 – 3 meters) on the western Donggala coast, and Waspada status (tsunami potential height of less than 0.5 meters) on northern Donggala coast, northern Mamuju and West Palu City. BMKG has ended tsunami early warning at 17.36 WIB.

The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) revealed on Sunday (Sep 30), that the earthquake and tsunami have killed 832 people, hundreds injured and buildings and houses collapsed, with some buried beneath the earth by the mud.

The US government has also conveyed its condolences and support to all of those in Indonesia affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on Sep. 28. The US Mission in Indonesia, it said, is closely monitoring the situation and has not received reports of US citizens affected.

“The United States and Indonesia are strategic partners and friends, and we stand ready to assist in the relief efforts,” Heather Nauert, spokesperson of the US State Department said in a statement.

The European Union has also offered support to the Indonesian government for relief efforts.

The Government of Australia has also conveyed its sympathy and offered to support the earthquake and tsunami victims. Australia’s PM Scott Morrison in an interview with ABC has said that he has called President Joko Widodo and offered sympathy and assistance.

Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto has been in charge to coordinate the international aids for the Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami victims.

Wiranto said during a press conference on Monday (Oct. 1) that he has recorded that 18 countries have offered assistance to tackle the Palu and Donggala earthquake and tsunami relief and recovery efforts. In addition to the aforementioned countries, other countries that have offered support are including France, Ceko, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Turkey, South Korea,  Qatar, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and India. International organizatons such as UNDP, ASEAN and others have also offered support. (*)

 

Written by Staff Writer, edited by Roffie Kurniawan (roffie.kurniawan@gmail.com)

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