Quake survivors deal with hunger, thirst
PALU — In the wake of mass destruction caused by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, survivors in Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi have been scrambling to salvage food supplies and other items, as aid from the central government began to trickle into the region.
On Monday, many survivors blocked trucks carrying aid to plunder the contents as many have gone hungry and thirsty for days.
A video circulating on Twitter, said to have been taken in Donggala regency, also shows people intercepting a relief aid truck.
The Jakarta Post’s correspondent saw people waiting for fuel at a Pertamina gas station asking the entourage of journalists and officials from Jakarta for drinking water. “Drinking water, drinking water, please,” some survivors said to passing motorists.
“I ran into a mother and her child at the airport who asked me to share some of my water with her child,” correspondent Andi Hajramurni said. “’Just a little, enough for my child,” Hajramurni quoted the mother as saying to her. /Inquirer.net / The Jakarta Post / Asia News Network
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