Hundreds of Palu Inmates Still on the Run After Quake

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  • An aerial view of the destruction caused by an earthquake and liquefaction in the Petabo neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 7, 2018. Just 500 metres from the epicentre of the earthquake that triggered a wave of destruction in Indonesia, a modest wooden home built on hollow concrete foundations in Lende Induk village stands completely and remarkably unscathed. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

    An aerial view of the destruction caused by an earthquake and liquefaction in the Petabo neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 7, 2018. Just 500 metres from the epicentre of the earthquake that triggered a wave of destruction in Indonesia, a modest wooden home built on hollow concrete foundations in Lende Induk village stands completely and remarkably unscathed. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Law and Human Rights Ministry`s Director General of Correctional Sri Puguh Budi Utami said that there are 1,090 inmates from six correctional institutes in Palu, Central Sulawesi, that have not returned after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the region.

    However, Sri Puguh said that the ministry has not planned to commence a search for the inmates and their whereabouts. “We will ask them to return after the situation returns to normal again such as the water supply and electricity,” he said on Tuesday.

    Read: 68 Inmate Return after Escaping upon Palu Quake

    Other than the basic needs that are still lacking, Sri Puguh said that correctional partners that provide daily items and food supplies for the inmates could not yet guarantee the supply. 

    According to the correctional DG, there are 1,425 inmates that escaped following the Palu earthquake, with 204 people remaining inside, 360 have reported their whereabouts, and 1,090 inmates have yet returned or reported back.

    ANTARA