Monthly Archives: September 2018

Japanese minister offers condolences to Donggala quake victims

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has offered condolences and sympathy through the Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi over the earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on Friday.

Minister Taro Kono conveyed his deep condolences to all the families of the dead victims, according to a statement from the Japanese embassy in Jakarta.

“I express my condolences to the government and all the people of Indonesia for the earthquake and tsunami disaster that caused significant loss of life and damage on the island of Sulawesi on September 28, 2018,” Minister Kono remarked.

The Japanese government said it was ready to provide assistance to the Indonesian government in any form to deal with the impact of the earthquake.

“I pray that the injured victims of the disaster can be recovered soon and places that have been damaged by the disaster are quickly restored,” Kono said.

In addition, expressions of condolences were also conveyed by a number of government representatives from friendly countries including Britain, Australia, France and Denmark.

British junior minister for Asia Pacific Affairs Mark Field through his Twitter account @MarkFieldUK expressed deep condolences to all communities affected by the tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia.

“Our prayers are with family and relatives of the victims,” Mark said, which was uploaded by the British Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in his Twitter account @ScottMorrisonMP, “very sad to hear the tragic events that occurred in Sulawesi”.

By calling President Joko Widodo @jokowis Twitter account, Morrison conveyed Australias readiness to assist post-disaster recovery efforts.

The condolences were also conveyed by the French Ambassador to Indonesia Jean-Charles Berthonnet through his Twitter account @JCBerthonnet, as well as the Danish Ambassador to Indonesia Rasmus A Kristensen through the @DubesDmarkmark account.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded a 7.4 magnitude earthquake which occurred on Friday (Sept 28) at 05:02 p.m. local time, triggered a tsunami as high as 0.5 to six meters on the west coast of Central Sulawesi.

Based on the latest report received here, the death toll from the disaster had reached 384 people.

Source: ANTARA News

Japanese minister offers condolences to Donggala quake victims

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has offered condolences and sympathy through the Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi over the earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on Friday.

Minister Taro Kono conveyed his deep condolences to all the families of the dead victims, according to a statement from the Japanese embassy in Jakarta.

“I express my condolences to the government and all the people of Indonesia for the earthquake and tsunami disaster that caused significant loss of life and damage on the island of Sulawesi on September 28, 2018,” Minister Kono remarked.

The Japanese government said it was ready to provide assistance to the Indonesian government in any form to deal with the impact of the earthquake.

“I pray that the injured victims of the disaster can be recovered soon and places that have been damaged by the disaster are quickly restored,” Kono said.

In addition, expressions of condolences were also conveyed by a number of government representatives from friendly countries including Britain, Australia, France and Denmark.

British junior minister for Asia Pacific Affairs Mark Field through his Twitter account @MarkFieldUK expressed deep condolences to all communities affected by the tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia.

“Our prayers are with family and relatives of the victims,” Mark said, which was uploaded by the British Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in his Twitter account @ScottMorrisonMP, “very sad to hear the tragic events that occurred in Sulawesi”.

By calling President Joko Widodo @jokowis Twitter account, Morrison conveyed Australias readiness to assist post-disaster recovery efforts.

The condolences were also conveyed by the French Ambassador to Indonesia Jean-Charles Berthonnet through his Twitter account @JCBerthonnet, as well as the Danish Ambassador to Indonesia Rasmus A Kristensen through the @DubesDmarkmark account.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded a 7.4 magnitude earthquake which occurred on Friday (Sept 28) at 05:02 p.m. local time, triggered a tsunami as high as 0.5 to six meters on the west coast of Central Sulawesi.

Based on the latest report received here, the death toll from the disaster had reached 384 people.

Source: ANTARA News

President Jokowi calls on public to pray for earthquake victims

Solo, C Java (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on inhabitants of Solo and surrounding areas to pray for victims of earthquake and tsunami in Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi Province.

The Head of State accompanied by Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Central Java Police Chief Ins Gen Condro Kirono, attended a mass prayer event organized for the natural disasters victims.

Following the prayers led by KH Al Munawar and participated in by several thousand people, Jokowi on Sunday was scheduled to leave for Palu to observe the condition in the capital of Central Sulawesi Province.

He will lead humanitarian operation in the province, which was hit by magnitude-7.4 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami last Friday (Sept 28).

Currently, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and Commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Thahjanto, as well as Chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) M Syaugi are already in Palu.

At least 100 rescue personnel have been deployed to search and help victims of the natural disasters in Palu and Donggala.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), a total of 2.4 million people have been affected by the quake in 13 sub-districts in Donggala and eight sub-districts in Palu.

As of Saturday evening, the number of evacuees in Palu has been estimated at 16,700 people, being housed at 24 locations.

“Until 05:00 p.m. on Saturday, based on preliminary data, a total of 384 people have died, and 29 in Pantoloan Induk, Palu city, remain missing,” BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

A total of 540 people have been injured and treated in five hospitals.

BNPB Chief Wilem Rampangilei said, however, that the number of deaths from the earthquake had risen to 420.

“This is the number recorded in Palu only. It has not covered Donggala and Sigi districts,” he noted, replying to Antara on Saturday evening.

Source: ANTARA News

Quake, tsunami death toll in Central Sulawesi rises to 420

Palu, C Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Wilem Rampangilei, said the number of deaths from the earthquake that struck Central Sulawesi on Friday evening had risen to 420.

“This is the number recorded in Palu only. It has not covered Donggala and Sigi districts,” he noted, replying to Antara on Saturday evening.

The destruction caused by the quake in Donggala and Sigi has been very significant, but no reports about its degree and victims have been received yet, due to disruptions in communications, he said.

In view of the situation, the Special Task Forces main priority would be searching, saving and assisting the victims, he said, adding “Until tonight, there have been 10,000 evacuees housed in 50 locations in the city of Palu. They will be given shelter, food and medicines.”

Some of the dead who had been kept in hospitals have been taken by their families, Wilem said, but the number of the dead could still increase, as search efforts have not yet covered all buildings, such as large hotels, shop houses, warehouses and other buildings.

“We have difficulties deploying heavy equipment, as many access roads to Palu have been severely damaged,” he said.

Wilem noted that thousands of boxes of ready-to-eat foods have to be brought in from Surabaya, East Java.

He also said the military (TNI) had sent paramedics and medical supplies, including a hospital ship, which is expected to arrive in one to two days.

Source: ANTARA News

Quake, tsunami death toll in Central Sulawesi rises to 420

Palu, C Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Wilem Rampangilei, said the number of deaths from the earthquake that struck Central Sulawesi on Friday evening had risen to 420.

“This is the number recorded in Palu only. It has not covered Donggala and Sigi districts,” he noted, replying to Antara on Saturday evening.

The destruction caused by the quake in Donggala and Sigi has been very significant, but no reports about its degree and victims have been received yet, due to disruptions in communications, he said.

In view of the situation, the Special Task Forces main priority would be searching, saving and assisting the victims, he said, adding “Until tonight, there have been 10,000 evacuees housed in 50 locations in the city of Palu. They will be given shelter, food and medicines.”

Some of the dead who had been kept in hospitals have been taken by their families, Wilem said, but the number of the dead could still increase, as search efforts have not yet covered all buildings, such as large hotels, shop houses, warehouses and other buildings.

“We have difficulties deploying heavy equipment, as many access roads to Palu have been severely damaged,” he said.

Wilem noted that thousands of boxes of ready-to-eat foods have to be brought in from Surabaya, East Java.

He also said the military (TNI) had sent paramedics and medical supplies, including a hospital ship, which is expected to arrive in one to two days.

Source: ANTARA News