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United Nations chief tours tsunami-hit Palu city

Soldiers and rescue workers carry the remains of recovered victims in Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu Soldiers and rescue workers carry the remains of recovered victims in Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu
Andrew Cummings | 14 October, 2018, 06:06

Local rescue efforts to recover the bodies of victims from the quake and tsunami that devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last month will cease on Thursday, the country's National Board for Disaster Management said in a statement Sunday.

This as the South East Asian country halted all search and rescue operations.

It was followed by a second magnitude 7.0 quake near Papua New Guinea, prompting the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to issue a message there was no tsunami threat to Australia.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB, wrote on Twitter that several houses were also damaged in the quake that shook Bali and East Java.

Prayers were expected in coming days at three of the worst-hit areas - Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge.

"People are traumatized. They don't want to go back" to those places, Nugroho said. Authorities here find it hard to invest in emergency equipment and stores in anticipation of disaster, when they have trouble coping with daily existence.

A boy injured during the tsunami is carried by his relative at a makeshift hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Find us on Facebook too! The figure of survivors, who have escaped the deadly disasters and are taking shelters in encampment or under tarpaulin, has risen to 82,775 people, he said.

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But earlier this week foreign aid workers were told to withdraw their personnel, frustrating some groups keen to help out on the ground.

Indonesia sits along the world's most tectonically active region, and its 260 million people are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

'They say there is no need for aid in Indonesia.

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.

Three people have died and four more have been injured following a strong natural disaster off the cost of Indonesia's popular holiday destinations of Java and Bali islands on Thursday.

At least 671 were listed as missing, but many more people have been buried when houses in three villages - Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge - were swallowed in mud and rubble caused by the quake on September 28, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

While Indonesian workers searched, the disaster agency ordered independent foreign aid workers to leave the quake zone.

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