Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

92 detained for looting after natural disaster, tsunami in Indonesia

92 detained for looting after natural disaster, tsunami in Indonesia

The small city of 370,000 people has been the focus of the aid effort launched after last Friday's 7.5 magnitude natural disaster and tsunami on the west coast of Sulawesi island, The Jordan Times said.

Meanwhile, the authorities have set a tentative deadline of Friday to find anyone still trapped under rubble, at which point a week after this devastating double disaster the chances of finding survivors will dwindle to nearly zero. "It will give the sense of security to the people so hopefully there will be no more looting", he said, adding that all supply convoys into the city will be escorted by armed soldiers.

A total of 1,424 people have been confirmed dead and over 2,500 injured after the monster natural disaster struck Friday sending destructive waves barrelling into Sulawesi island.

Wiranto said on local television that the government is discussing with local and religious authorities and victims' families the possibility of halting the search for victims in such areas and turning them into mass graves.

"We've mark the possible bodies with sticks". In Geneva, the United Nations expressed frustration at the slow pace of the response.

Altogether, the badly affected areas in the disaster zone include some 1.4 million people. Officials had previously estimated that around 100 people were missing. The US had provided initial funding, deployed government disaster experts and is working to determine what other help can be given, the US state department said earlier this week. Trucks carrying supplies have reportedly been ransacked en route to Palu.

Signs of desperation are growing, with police officers forced to fire warning shots and tear gas on Tuesday to ward off people ransacking shops.

In the main route north out of the city, an AFP journalist saw youths blocking the road and asking for "donations" to clear the way.

Responding to the developing situation, Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued an order to immediately restore the economy in Palu and fix the damaged infrastructure so as to secure distribution of logistics.

Van Deinse said she had been with an IFRC team that sought to bring supplies to the small village of Petobo, near Palu - only to discover that, for all intents and purposes, the village no longer even existed.

Catastrophe bonds and the support of International Monetary Fund and World Bank entities could help Indonesia to put in place a funding mechanism that provides liquidity immediately after disaster strike, while the insurance and reinsurance market could help the government protect its own balance-sheet and buffer taxpayers.

"I understand that they need food, but they should have been able to provide themselves with food since their area was not destroyed by the natural disaster", said Ali.

The national disaster agency says 1,700 homes in one neighbourhood alone were swallowed up and hundreds of people killed.

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