More Humanitarian Posts Set Up in Central Sulawesi to Reach More Evacuees

More Humanitarian Posts Set Up in Central Sulawesi to Reach More Evacuees

ACTNews, PALU – More than ten days after the earthquake, tsunami and soil liquefaction that devastated Palu, Donggala and Sigi, the number of casualties has reached 1,944 as of October 8 2018 according to National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB). Many of the casualties were killed by the collapsing buildings, smashed by the tsunami or sucked into the liquefying soil on Friday (9/28).

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has sent a number of rescue teams since the first day after the earthquake. Additionally, ACT has set up five regional posts to facilitate basic needs distribution and provide medical services. The five posts are located in Palu, Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong. “We are setting up the sixth post in Parigi Moutong today,” said Bambang Triyono, Director of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT on Tuesday (10/9).

Two posts were set up in Palu, in West and East Palu. There are also two posts in Donggala, and one post in Sigi located in Madinatul ‘Ilmi Islamic Boarding School in Kota Rindau Village, Dolo. These posts serve not only to facilitate basic needs distribution but also to provide medical aid. “The medical posts are part of the regional posts,” said dr. Muhammad Riedha of ACT Medical Team for Central Sulawesi.

Triyono added that eight posts are targeted to finish setting up this week. Each post will be optimized for data mapping and survey about the number of casualties and disaster-affected areas in Sulawesi. More posts will be set up in Donggala to maximize the evacuation, basic needs distribution as well as post-disaster recovery. “The region of Donggala is quite vast; it will need three humanitarian posts,” Triyono mentioned.

ACT Humanitarian Posts aims not only to facilitate the basic needs distribution. Public Kitchens will also be set up near each post to prepare meals for the evacuees. Additionally, the team in each post will gather more data needed for the post-disaster recovery.

More aid will be sent

On Monday (10/8) morning, more aid trucks were dispatched from Sidenreng Rappang for Central Sulawesi earthquake victims. The 300 tons of aid packages will be distributed to disaster-affected areas. “Each post is planning for the aid distribution process,” said Triyono.

Before the distribution, Triyono added, ACT teams will perform assessment to know what they needed most. Afterwards, the aid packages will be sent from the nearest regional post. “There are also those who personally came to our posts to take the aid packages,” Triyono revealed.

Apart from Sidenreng Rappang and Makassar, humanitarian aid was also sent from other areas in Indonesia. A thousand tons of aid have been sent through the Humanitarian Ship on Monday (10/8) from Tanjung Perak Harbor, Surabaya. The aid was gathered from many places throughout Java such as Blora, Ngawi, Bojonegoro, Solo, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Malang and Surabaya.

On Sunday (10/15), another Humanitarian Ship for Palu, Sigi and Donggala will depart from Tanjung Priok Harbor, Jakarta. The ship will again ship thousands of tons of aid packages donated by generous Indonesian people. []



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