Int’l aid effort helps Indonesia disaster victims
Updated : Friday, October 05, 2018 9:27 AM (GMT+0700)

Aninternational aid effort to help thousands of the victims of Indonesia'squake-tsunami disaster is underway in Palu city, the central province ofSulawesi. 

At temporary shelters in Indonesia after the disasters - Source: VNA

United Nations UnderSecretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator MarkLowcock said the UN has directed sending aid relief worth 15 million USD toIndonesia. 

An official in charge ofmonitoring relief supply in Palu said aid has been sent to affected areas,adding that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red CrescentSocieties deployed three vessels carrying relief goods, including canvases,sleeping bags and mosquito nets to Indonesia. 

It also called for raising20 million USD in support of the country. Nearly 20 nations worldwide proposedhelping Indonesia overcome the disaster. 

The Republic of Korea’sHuyndai Motor committed an aid worth 500,000 USD, including vehicles, toIndonesia and cigarette maker KT & G offered aid relief worth 88,700USD. 

Authorities have set October5 as deadline to seek missing people. 

A total of 1,424 people havebeen confirmed dead, over 2,500 injured and 114 others remain unaccounted forafter the disaster struck on September 29. More than 70,000 people have beenforced to evacuate, mostly in Palu and Donggala coastal town.

Over 1,600 victims have beentaken to capital Makassar of southern Sulawesi province via waterway, said apolice officer.


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