Palu and Donggala has been hit by Tsunami on Friday (29/09) - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President Joko Widodo will release presidential instruction or presidential decree to accept international help for urgent disaster-response and relief, said one senior official on Monday (01/10). The decision has been made followed the tsunami disaster in Donggala and Palu, Central Sulawesi.

In a short text message, Head of Investment Coordinating Board Thomas Lembong admitted the decree will release soon. He said, “Last night, Presiden Widodo authorized us to accept international help for urgent disaster-response and relief. I’m helping coordinate help from private sectors from around the world. The documentation is being presidential instruction or presidential decree.”

A tsunami with scale 7,7 richter hit a coastal city of Palu and Donggala on Friday (29/09). According to the Head of Center for Data, Information and Public Relations at the National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho on Sept. 30, the disaster caused 844 peoples died.

“A large amount is needed to evacuate victims hit by debris and buried in mud,” he said.

The city was hit by waves as high as 20 feet following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake. An entire community of up to 2,000 people is feared killed after mudslides landslides engulfed villages in the surrounding villages of Palu.

Authorities are particularly worries about Donggala, a region close to the epicenter of the quake, which has a population of around 300,000. The agency warned the death toll could reach far higher once relief workers reach towns like Donggala.

According to reports, a total of 600 people were hospitalized and more than 48,000 displaced due to the quake-tsunami. It also reported that lack of fuel is the biggest issue hindering the rescue efforts and it will take an estimated three days to restore electricity to the city of Palu.

“The lack of fuel has caused mobile electricity generator units, vehicles and water pumps to remain idle,” said Nugroho.

Nugroho added that five foreigners — three French, one South Korean and one Malaysian — were among the missing. Now, a mass burial is also being prepared in Palu to bury the dead as soon as they are identified in order to prevent the spread of diseases.

Meanwhile, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the Finance Minister said the government has allocated Rp560 billion (US$38.62 million) for disaster recovery.

The disaster has attracted an international attention. The Government of the Republic South Korea has offered a humanitarian aid as much as US$ 1 million to Indonesia.

“The assistance is expected to ease the burden on the community where there are casualties and property losses,” said the South Korean government in a written statement.

They also considering to give additional aid for Search and Rescue and will coordinate with relevant ministries.

Beside South Korea, countries such as Australia, Thailand, Singapore, several aid agencies and NGOs have lined up to provide life-saving assistance and have already offered help for the country.

Written by Raisya Maharani, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com

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