In Donggala, Evacuees Strive to Survive Amidst Difficult Condition

In Donggala, Evacuees Strive to Survive Amidst Difficult Condition

ACTNews, DONGGALA – For approximately half a day, Atiriah had been shelling peanuts. With tools made of rock and wood, she quickly hit the peanut and separate the shells from the nuts. On Saturday (11/3) afternoon, she had shelled approximately three kilograms of peanuts.

A number of women were shelling peanuts in Salambone. They were paid IDR 20,000 for three cans of peanuts. After the disasters, shelling peanuts is one of the jobs that are available for the evacuees to make a living,

Salambone village is located close to Pantoloan Harbor. A number of its villagers work as fishermen and labors in the harbor. Akbar (49), an evacuee, used to make a living by working as a load worker in Pantoloan Harbor before the earthquake.

In the same village, Mustamin (72) was not able to go back to work. He was a fisherman, but the tsunami has destroyed his livelihood. Not only destroyed his house, the tsunami also damaged his boat and fishing tools.

“I have no Idea when can I go back to work. Boat engine is expensive. At the moment, we are relying on aid to survive,” said Mustamin during the distribution of grocery packages in Satu Malona Hamlet, Salambone Village, Wani, Donggala, on Saturday (11/3).

On Saturday, volunteers from Wani post distributed grocery packages to disaster survivors in Salambone village. “With these grocery packages, the stock of their basic needs will be secure. The ladies are happy that they received plenty of cooking oil. Usually, they only receive only half a plastic glass of cooking oil,” said Hamzah, Coordinator of Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Humanitarian Post in Wani.   

Evacuees live in difficult condition

After the quake and tsunami, Salambone villagers evacuated to an open field not far from their village. To reach the field, they had to walk across the path across a cemetery near the entrance of an ally.  

The condition in the evacuation camp is quite saddening. A month after the earthquake, they still live inside tarpaulin tents. Every day, the heat of the sun goes through the tents, heating the evacuees inside. At night, the tents are not able to protect the evacuees from the freezing cold. The sanitary condition in Salambone was also improper, with flies hovering above the water they use to clean the dishes.

Hamzah stated that, nearly a week ago, an earthquake survivors died due to untreated illness.

“He was never able to sleep at night. In the morning, due to the heat, he also could not sleep. His immunity dropped and he fell ill,” he explained.

Wani Sub-District, Donggalam was among the worst-hit areas, hundreds of survivors were destroyed, and many of them have no means to make a living. []



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