Indonesian Christians Seek Solace In Church

Indonesian Christians sought solace Sunday in churches in the city of Palu, hard hit last week by an earthquake and a tsunami that roiled central Sulawesi, killing 1,763 people and seriously injuring some 2,500 people. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, but there are Christian communities throughout the archipelago. The spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, says there are about 5,000 people still missing. He said the search for the victims would end on Thursday (October 11). Some 70,000 people have been displaced. The U.N. is seeking $50.5 million from the international community to provide relief for the 191,000 Indonesians affected by the natural disasters. The U.N. announced its plan Friday, saying it developed the program in consultation with its counterparts in the Indonesian government. The initiative outlines the support needed from the international community over the next three months. United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Anita Nirody, said the full scale of the disaster and the recovery needs are becoming clear now that a week has passed. She said the plan not only includes immediate relief but also logistical support needed to deliver aid to those who need it. Meanwhile, Antara News reports Palu's main market has reopened, under tight security by armed guards. Traders told Indonesian news outlet they fear being raided by looters. Electricity has been restored to some parts of the city of more than 370,000 residents, which endured the brunt of the disaster. Shops have reopened, a major phone network is back in operation, and a small number of commercial flights have resumed flying in and out of the city's wrecked airport. The 7.5 magnitude quake triggered a huge tsunami that turned scores of houses and buildings in Palu into mounds of debris. Roads and bridges were washed away, cutting off... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Indonesian Christians Seek Solace In Church, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Indonesian Christians Seek Solace In Church





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Sunday, 7 October, 2018



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