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Weekend Reads Earthquake in Indonesia: torrential rains complicate research

13:00  17 january  2021
13:00  17 january  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L torrential rains made it difficult on Sunday to find any survivors of the earthquake which killed at least 73 people and left thousands homeless in the area. Indonesian island of Celebes.

Cranes and mechanical shovels have been deployed in the ruins of devastated buildings in Mamuju, the town worst affected by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Friday morning.

It caused panic among the inhabitants of the west of the island, already devastated in 2018 by a very strong earthquake followed by a devastating tsumani which left 4,300 dead.

It is not known how many bodies are still under the rubble, or if survivors are still trapped there.

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Torrential rain triggered flooding in parts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta overnight, the disaster agency said Friday, forcing the evacuation of residents. Heavy rain pounded the greater Jakarta area, causing the Ciliwung river to burst its banks, and prompting flash flooding in at least 17 communities.

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"The rains pose additional difficulties because they risk causing the total collapse of some damaged buildings, and aftershocks too," said Octavianto, a 37-year-old rescuer who, like many Indonesians, has only only one name.

Heavy machinery must also take all precautions, as moving debris too quickly can be fatal for people trapped below.

"All the people we found were dead," Octavianto said. "After more than 24 hours, it is likely that those buried are dead."

A total of 73 deaths have been recorded, according to the authorities. A previous report reported 60 dead.

Aerial images of the capital of the province of West Sulawesi, a city of 110,000 inhabitants bathed by the Strait of Makassar, show many buildings in ruins, including a hospital and the governor's office.

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Thousands of people who have lost their homes have taken refuge in makeshift shelters, usually a tent covered with a tarp.

Flood and volcanic eruption

Many say they lack food and blankets. Food and emergency equipment were dispatched to the island by planes and boats, and the navy sent a medical vessel to supplement the hospitals still in operation.

If thousands of people have lost their homes, others do not want to go home, for fear of aftershocks or a tsunami like in 2018.

"It's better to take shelter in case something goes wrong. Worse happens, ”explains Mamuju resident Abdul Wahab, who has taken refuge in a tent with his wife and four children, including a baby. "We hope the government can quickly send us aid, food, medicine and milk for the children."

Near the only hospital in the city that is still relatively intact, a dispensary has been created to accommodate the wounded, some with broken limbs.

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Among them, Wawan, who was rescued by neighbors when he was buried under the rubble. "I was traumatized," said the 27-year-old.

Initially, he did not want to go to the hospital to have his broken foot examined. "But I let myself be convinced when I found out that people were being treated on the outside."

Worried about a possible outbreak of Covid-19 in overcrowded camps, the authorities have announced that they will try to form groups of people according to the risks.

"The situation in Indonesia is an emergency," said the NGO Project HOPE. "The Covid-19 further complicates the answer."

Landslides, which followed the earthquake, and heavy rains cut off access to one of the main roads in the province. The airport was also damaged.

This earthquake is not the only natural disaster currently hitting the archipelago, however.

On the Indonesian part of the neighboring island of Borneo, at least five people have died in flooding, and dozens are missing, according to media reports.

Floods also killed five people in Manado, the large city in the far north of Celebes.

In West Java province, at least 32 people died in landslides caused by heavy rainfall.

At the other end of this same island, the Semeru erupted on Saturday evening, spewing a column of smoke and dust at an altitude of 4,500 meters, while glowing lava flowed down its sides. No casualties were reported in this eruption.

The Indonesian archipelago, which lies on the Pacific "ring of fire", an area of ​​high seismic activity, often experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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