Economy in Palu begins showing life after quake

Palu, C Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – Economic activities in Palu, Central Sulawesi, have begun to show life after being shattered by a strong earthquake and tsunami on September 28.

Some traders at the Manonda Market have begun operating again, while security officers from the military and police continued to maintain security, according to Antara reporters on Thursday.

A daily staple trader, Robi (52), started buying and selling activities three days after the big earthquake and tsunami hit Palu.

“I started trading three days after the earthquake, because I felt sorry for many people who needed goods, so I quickly opened my shop,” said Robi.

Despite having opened his shop, Robi said that there was a significant price increase due to scarce products.

“The price now is on the rise, for example the price of goods usually sold at Rp17 thousand now went up to Rp20 thousand, and the price of Rp50 thousand surged up to Rp55 thousand because there is no stock,” Robi said.

He said people now were in need of commodities, such as oil, sugar, coffee, flour, rice, soy sauce, clean water and instant noodles.

Robi noted that he is currently experiencing difficulties in procuring goods.

“At the moment, we only need to sell stocks, and if there are friends who want give me their stocks, I can sell them again,” he said.

As a result of the increasing needs due to the natural disasters that struck almost most parts of Central Sulawesi, there were people who were encouraged to sell goods that the community needs.

Source: ANTARA News