On Friday a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia triggering a huge tsunami killing more than 400 people last counted, reported news outlet.
The earthquake itself caused a lot of damage to the coastal line of the city of Palu destroying more than 350,000 homes. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency spokesman said that many victims that were injured by the rubble of the surrounding building, home and trees in the area, he also mentioned that more than 400 people has been reported injured and 405 people as a the total death count so far. He also continued that the electricity and communications have been cut off due to the disaster making it difficult to help and assess the damages in Palu.
Jan Gelfand, head of the international Red Cross in Indonesia stated that it is also difficult to reach many remote areas to help, “It is not just the people in the large urban areas. There are a lot of people also living in remote communities who are hard to reach”, reported CNN. Now that the airport of Palu has been closed, this makes it more difficult for relief workers to get to area in need — relief workers have to travel to the one of the world’s biggest island by road which would take 10-12 hours from the nearest airport, “We already have people en route but you never know what damage there is to the road infrastructure.”
Authorities have advised the residents of Palu to stay away from buildings and their home fearing for an aftershock from the quake or worse, another earthquake. Director of Undata Hospital in Palu, Dr.Komang Adi Aujendra is in desperate need of help to take care of the injured victims, “At the moment, in our hospital, electricity is out all over Palu, roads are cracked, the phone network doesn’t work,” continuing on Twitter “We are hoping for any help. We need tents, medicine, canvas, nurses …”