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Palu Quake Update: 4 Districts Remain Isolated, BNPB Says
Debris and damaged houses are seen in Petobo Village, Indonesia October 3, 2018 in this still image obtained from a social media drone video. Liquefied soil caused numerous buildings to collapse in the Indonesian city of Palu after Friday's magnitude 7.5 earthquake, which has killed more than 1,400 people. Palang Merah Indonesia (Indonesian Red Cross)/via REUTERS
Thursday, 04 October, 2018 | 20:32 WIB
Palu Quake Update: 4 Districts Remain Isolated, BNPB Says

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.

Read: Police Arrest 8 Suspect of Hoax News Spreader on Quake Disaster 

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



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