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Jakarta Post

Survivors in Donggala yet to get government help for proper shelter

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 14, 2018   /   04:40 pm
Survivors in Donggala yet to get government help for proper shelter A military helicopter lands to unload humanitarian aid on Wani field in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, on Thursday. Several areas in Palu and Donggala, which were recently hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami, have begun to receive assistance from the government. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

Survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Sindue district in Donggala regency, Central Sulawesi claimed they had yet to receive word from the authorities regarding the plan for facilities in their temporary shelters.

Local resident Mohammad Hamdin said as reported by Antara that the government had yet to inform them of anything regarding temporary shelters, which were really needed by survivors taking refuge in the district.

There are at least 1,373 people from villages across the district taking shelter in Sanggola field in Sindue under tents made from tarpaulin.

“We can’t return to our respective homes as they are heavily damaged and not habitable. On the other hand, we can’t stay at the shelters as [makeshift tents from] tarpaulin are far from proper,” Hamdin said on Saturday, as quoted by Antara.

He added that survivors in Sindue had only received disaster relief from members of political parties as well as volunteers, in the form of food, drinking water, clothes and a limited numbers of tents. Meanwhile, they were still lacking sanitation and clean water for cooking and washing.

“The only water we have comes from the irrigation system, which can harm our health,” Hamdin said.

Donggala regency was one of the areas most affected by the string of disasters, alongside Palu, Sigi and Parigi Moutong. The disaster has claimed at least 2,073 lives with around 680 people missing. Nearly 79,000 evacuees have been forced to live in at least 112 evacuation sites across the province.(kuk/evi)