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Jakarta Post

Thousands in tents after Sulawesi quake

  • Ruslan Sangadji and Andra Wisnu

    The Jakarta Post

Palu, Nusa Dua   /   Wed, November 19 2008   /  11:14 am

Thousands of residents in Buol regency, Central Sulawesi, were still staying Tuesday in makeshift shelters on higher ground fearing aftershocks which could trigger a tsunami. Buol Regent Amran Batalipu told The Jakarta Post by phone that residents were still traumatized from Monday's quake. "Bokat and Biau districts have the most residents taking refuge, at 9,750 and some 6,000 people, respectively," he said. "Most of the residents live in coastal areas." The residents fled to Mt. Onone, Mt. Modo and Mt. Laeka and constructed makeshift tents out of plastic sheets and even sarung clothing. The local administrations have supplied food to the refugees. "We have to admit that the condition is still quite worrying. Some residents are getting sick due to bad weather," Amran said. Meanwhile, Buol resident Amrin Ali...