Palu residents struggling months after earthquake, tsunami

PALU (Sulawesi, Indonesia) (Bernama) – It’s been almost two months since the earthquake and tsunami struck the city of Palu but the victims of the disaster are still struggling to get their lives back on track.

More than 3,000 people in the city affected by the 7.7-magnitude earthquake on September 28 and the subsequent tsunami onslaught continue to live in canvas tents which are beginning to show their age.

One of the victims, 34-year-old Abdul Darwis, said his pain was compounded by the death of his elder sister 10 days ago after falling ill while living in a tent.

“Although it’s been more than a month since the catastrophe, there have been no significant improvements … even my sister has died living in such unfortunate conditions in this camp,” he said when met by Bernama at the temporary campsite in Kampung Kabonena yesterday.

Abdul Darwis said he can only hope that victims like him will receive better shelter before a more permanent solution is available.

The disaster which struck the island of Sulawesi has claimed more than 2,000 lives, and more than 152,000 people are feared missing.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof during a visit to Palu Floating Mosque affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Palu. – BERNAMA