TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said that four districts in Central Sulawesi are still isolated in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu at the end of September.
BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the four districts are Lindu, Kolawi, South Kolawi Selatan, and Titikor.
Access to said districts is closed, making it difficult and almost impossible to send help there by land. To date, logistics aid are distributed by air using helicopters.
The authorities are using seven out of 25 heavy pieces of machinery to open access to the districts. The number of heavy machinery will continue to increase.
Despite the isolation, Sutopo said that search and rescue teams are already there. "Even the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief is there," he said in a release Tempo received on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Francisca Christy Rosana