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Palu tsunami survivors suffer 'second disaster' amid slow recovery

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 28, 2019   /  08:14 am
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Workers construct temporary post-disaster housing in Petobo, South Palu, on Monday for survivors of the earthquake that struck Central Sulawesi in September.(The Jakarta Post/Ruslan Sangadji)

When a tsunami hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, in the afternoon of Sept. 28 last year, Sri Tini Haris, 54, was in her home. The deadly wave swept her and thousands of other people into the ocean. She was hit by cars, other people’s bodies, building materials and rocks.  Sri said she was ready to die that day. But after swimming, crashing and floating for around two hours in the ocean, she miraculously reached the shore. Her clothes had been torn off, her head was bleeding and she was deaf in one ear. “That day I lost everything. My clothes, my house. I was naked. I found an old banner nearby and I wrapped myself only in that for the next four days,” she said. (JP/File) It has been a year since that day when a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Central Sulawesi. The quake was followed by a tsunami and soil liquefaction in several areas. The disaster killed mor...