ACTNews, PALU – Two months has passed since the earthquake, tsunami and soil liquefaction that hit Palu, Sigi and Donggala. According to National Disaster Mitigation Board, 2,113 people were confirmed dead. Thousands were missing due to the tsunami and soil liquefaction that hit several areas on Central Sulawesi.
To this day, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) is still providing assistance, including food for the disaster victims. ACT’s public kitchen have been cooking to make sure that the evacuees are well-fed. By Friday (11/23), around 152 ACT public kitchens have been set up in Central Sulawesi.
One of the public kitchens is in East Besusu Village, East Palu Sub-District. Located on a field on Jalan MH. Thamrin, the public kitchen cooks approximately 400 packages of food every day. These food packages are distributed for the evacuees who set up their tents on the same field as well as people living in surrounding areas.
Darliah (41), a volunteer at ACT Public Kitchen, explained that she cooks various kinds of dishes everyday so that the evacuees will not be bored. She cooks nutritious food like meat and vegetable, and she also prepares fruit for the dessert to make sure that the evacuees are properly nourished. “We cook up to 400 packages each day: 200 packages for lunch and 200 packages for dinner,” said Darliah, who is a tsunami victim herself, Thursday (11/29).
Hundreds of evacuees stay in tents
There are approximately 320 evacuees on the evacuation site on Jl. MH. Thamrin, Palu. They came not only from East Palu, especially on Talise beach which is worst-affected by the tsunami, but also from Balaroa and Petobo, two regions which were destroyed by the soil liquefaction.
Abdul Khaliq was among these evacuees. He lived near Talise Beach prior to the tsunami. He set up his tent a week after the disastrous day. He was carried by the tsunami and drowned. He lost consciousness before he was finally stranded at the beach. He was then treated in Undata Hospital for a week. “I was swept by the tsunami when I was working at Talise beach. My house was destroyed and is no longer able to be inhabited,” said Abdul Khaliq, Thursday (11/29).
What saddened him the most is not that his house was destroyed, but because one of his child was swept away by tsunami and is still missing to this day “All ten of my family members are here in this tent, but one of my child is still missing to this day,” said Abdul Khaliq.
Abdul Khaliq’s family receive their daily meals from ACT Public Kitchen. Before this, they ate whatever they could find. “For a week after the tsunami, my family ate anything we could find, like canned fish, etc. Sometimes people gave us something to eat,” he said.
As many as 152 ACT Public Kitchens spread across Palu, Sigi and Donggala to feed tens of thousands of evacuees during this post-disaster recovery period.