Desperation grows as Sulawesi quake survivors wait for aid

Indonesian rescuers removing the body of a quake victim in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, yesterday following last Friday's temblor. Officials said more than 61,000 people have been displaced across the disaster-hit areas.
Indonesian rescuers removing the body of a quake victim in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, yesterday following last Friday's temblor. Officials said more than 61,000 people have been displaced across the disaster-hit areas.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Survivors are growing desperate for aid, while tens of thousands of children are reportedly in an "extremely precarious" condition after last Friday's earthquake in Central Sulawesi.

Amid shortages of food, drinking water and medical supplies, some abandoned shops and warehouses have been hit by looting.

The central government has dispatched disaster relief aid, but it has not yet been possible to reach all the survivors. Officials said more than 61,000 people have been displaced across the disaster-hit areas.

The United Nations children's agency said more than 1,000 schools have been damaged, affecting nearly one in five students. Efforts also need to be stepped up to identify children separated from their families, it said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2018, with the headline 'Desperation grows as Sulawesi quake survivors wait for aid'. Print Edition | Subscribe