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Jakarta Post

Earthquake victims in Palu remain beyond reach

  • Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

Palu, Central Sulawesi   /   Tue, August 21 2012   /  02:44 pm

Limited road access to earthquake victims in the district of Lindu in Central Sulawesi’s Sigi regency, has disrupted the delivery of medicine and relief supplies to the area, which was jolted by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake last Saturday, the local health agency said.

“We cannot reach Lindu district and the surrounding areas because of a lot of debris. We are now corresponding with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency [BNPB] to provide helicopters,” Central Sulawesi Health Agency chief Abdullah said in Palu on Monday.

The earthquake took place as residents were ending their fast on the final day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan. Dozens of villages in Lindu district bore the brunt of the destruction, because of their close proximity to the earthquake’s epicenter near a local lake. The villages, located within the Lore Lindu National Park, are relatively isolated...