Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data, Information and Public Relations BNPB at a press conference on Tuesday (02/10) - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) Palu and Donggala‘s disaster continue to take lives. A latest report from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency showed 1,243 people has died during the tsunami in the capital city of Central Sulawesi.

“In total 1,234 people died from the affected area,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data, Information and Public Relations of the agency at a press conference on Tuesday (02/10).

He explained, some of the victims have buried after being identified by the authorities. In addition, there were 799 people are being seriously injured and 99 people are still missing.

Nugroho also reported the number of refugees has increase. According to the agency data showed, there were 61,687 refugees have been evacuated to 109 areas by today.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Ministry Wiranto said that President Joko Widodo has instructed all related authorities to normalize condition has affected by the disaster. He continued, Indonesian army and National Police are ready to handle the situation.

He explained there are 3,000 military personnel ready to supply safety and medical needs, whereas 2,000 personnel of national police will provide security for people and help the disaster recovery. They will focus on supply the electricity, food, place, the funeral and cellular communication.

“(We will provide) electricity, food, and temporary place. Start from this day we will established tents and there will be more later. Food ingredients will be delivered by sea or land transportation. Electricity has been also repaired and we will accelerated the funeral process for 900 corpses,” said Wiranto at Press Conference at the President Office.

Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono added that his institution will handling the disaster as well by help evacuation, provide good sanitation, city cleaning and resolve connectivity problems. He admitted that Central Sulawesi disaster is harder than Lombok due to the earthquakes, tsunami and liquefaction.

“Liquefaction causes land is being is moving and the water is out in very large capacity. Many victims in the liquefaction area. There are 1,435 houses in Balaroa housing complex and there may be many more victims who have not been identified,” said Hadimuljono.

But, he explained, now 13 heavy equipment are ready, prepared water tanks, installed hydrants in 15 refugee camps. The connectivity is already connected in larger areas.

The body also recorded the foreign citizens affected by disaster as much as 114 people in Palu and Donggala. Most of them have been evacuated to the safest place in Palu and Donggala and Jakarta.

They are consists of one Singaporeans, two Belgians, one Spanish, three Malaysians, 10 Vietnamese, 32 Thai people, 21 Chineses, seven Sri Lankan, 9 Netherlander, 20 Germany and one citizen of Switzerland. Whereas, there are 1 citizen of South Korea and 6 citizens from France whom the condition are still unknown.

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia is still working on and the evacuation progress of them using plane or other fastest transportation to make them out of Disaster’s spot,” added by Nugroho.

Beyond the number of victims there are 48,025 refugees left and scattered in 103 areas in Palu and Donggala. Nugroho explained the condition in Palu and Donggala is still hard for evacuation progress.

There are many roads are broken, landslides, 744 houses in Patobo Housing are burried by black mud, lacks of logistics, and there were 254 aftershocks which only 9 of them have affected people until this afternoon.

“Fuels, water stocks, hospitality and refugee tents are the urgent needs for evacuation,” told Nugroho.

As a president Jokowi has authorized to accept international help for urgent disaster-response and relief, the agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs will prepare the mechanisms and procedures for receiving international assistance.

The preparation is under controlled of the coordinating ministry office. The types of international aid are including, air transportations, refugees tents, water treatment, generator set, hospitality and fogging.

“The international help should be selective, focus on the countries that have offered the aids and have capacity to help,” he added

Nugroho also stated the estimated cost of losses and damages due too disaster is about more than Rp10 trillion (US$689.66 million).

In upcoming plan, the disaster agency will focus on six priorities in managing Palu and Donggala disaster. Those are the evacuation of search and rescue of victims, the funeral for victims in hospitals, acceleration of electricity network recovery, acceleration of fuel procurement, logistics distribution and acceleration of communication networks at disaster locations.

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