Sulawesi quake: Harsh conditions at Ground Zero

The writer (far left) and Indonesia Correspondent Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja in Palu. They had arrived at night last Tuesday. The city was like a war zone with widespread devastation.
The writer (far left) and Indonesia Correspondent Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja in Palu. They had arrived at night last Tuesday. The city was like a war zone with widespread devastation.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

When we landed at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar from Jakarta at around 4pm last Monday, we were whisked away in a car to begin our long journey to Palu.

There were no available commercial flights after the earthquake struck on Friday, Sept 28.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'Harsh conditions at Ground Zero'. Print Edition | Subscribe