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The tide came anyway

The death toll after the tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi earthquake, can reach in the thousands, fear of the government. Residents of Palu have a little food and more water.

She had her son five still grabbed to protect him, but the force of the water was much too large. They were swept away and were separated.

Devi Yanti lived right on the beach of Palu and the tsunami survived. Someone has her out of the water pulled. But her child and the father have not yet been found. She is outside in a tent in the parking lot of a small hospital in Palu, and has heavy abrasions over her entire body. “I don’t know what all …

She had her son five still grabbed to protect him, but the force of the water was much too large. They were swept away and were separated.

Devi Yanti lived right on the beach of Palu and the tsunami survived. Someone has her out of the water pulled. But her child and the father have not yet been found. She is outside in a tent in the parking lot of a small hospital in Palu, and has heavy abrasions over her entire body. “I don’t know what all came with floating in the water.” Perhaps she has something broken, her leg and shoulder hurt, but there has been no doctor to look at.

Last Friday was the Indonesian island of Sulawesi hit by a series of earthquakes. The heaviest had a strength of 7.5 on the Richter scale. A tsunami followed. The floods were in some places 6 metres high.

Foreign relief

The official death toll is Monday at 844. The Indonesian vice president Joseph Kalla warns that the number of dead in the thousands. Plus hundreds of injured and a property damage that is not to be overlooked.

Monday morning it was announced that Indonesia emergency aid from other countries accepts. An important step for the authorities is that sensitive. With the recent earthquake in Lombok, this happened not, for example, the Indonesian government radiates like that of the country are crisis services in order. Therefore, the drama is also not yet declared a national disaster – it would be loss of face mean.

For the national rampendienst BNPB, it is difficult to gain an overview over the affected area. Last weekend managed to do so only in Palu, a city located on an inlet to the sea, with over 330.000 inhabitants. Due to its location in a bay, the water could have nowhere else to go. According to the service, the damage in Donggala, the district around Palu, much larger, because that is closer to the epicenter of the quakes. Communication with the field is still difficult. Power is out, telephone lines are unstable.

Looting

From Palu to try the authorities for the help to get underway. That is extra difficult because the local airport was heavily damaged hit. The tower collapsed and part of the runway is torn. Only small appliances but a short runway will need can countries. In the meantime, tell inhabitants of Palu that they are very careful with the food and water that they require, because they are too little. On the street are people with empty jerry cans in search of fuel. Shops at the airport were plundered.

The big question that soon after the drama came to mind, how wrong can go with the tsunami warning. Friday afternoon had the national meteorological and geophysical agency (BMKG) is warning issued, after the largest earthquake. That pulled the service is also pretty fast, after half an hour. The tide came anyway.

Broken meters

The statements doing the rounds for that error are unsatisfactory. A spokesman of the BMKG, told The Jakarta Post that one of their getijdemeters a rise of the sea water had shown of 6 inches, but that also waned. That would have been any reason why the warning to withdraw. In addition, the nearest meters at a distance of about 200 kilometers from Palu. Otherwise would would be dozens of meters in the sea for years, faulty.

The great natural disaster that most Indonesians in the memory is inscribed, is the tsunami that Aceh earthquake in december 2004. It fell more than 226.000 kill, the tidal waves were up to ten metres high. Since then there are many places on the beach have bright orange signs in the shape of an arrow: please note that the jalur evakuasi, the evacuatieroute, is that way. But against the force of the water that Friday came hurtling, fell not to run.

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