UN Seeks $50.5 Million for Indonesia Disaster Aid

The United Nations says it is seeking $50.5 million from the international community to provide relief for the 191,000 Indonesians affected by last week's earthquake and tsunami in central Sulawesi. 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. The death toll from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami in central Sulawesi has surpassed 1,500, and some 2,500 people have been reported seriously injured. The U.N. said in a statement that 113 people remain missing. About 70,000 people have been displaced. 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 includes immediate relief, as well as logistical support needed to deliver aid to those who need it. Earlier Friday in the city of Palu, survivors came together for a traditional weekly prayer. Electricity has been restored to some parts of the city, which has a population of upward of 370,000 residents and 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 are expected to resume flying in and out of the city's wrecked airport. As emergency relief slowly arrives in Sulawesi, authorities have begun stepping up security to end the sporadic looting by residents desperate for food and clean water.  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 at least three districts near Palu with a combined population of more than 1 million people. Indonesia and its... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, UN Seeks $50.5 Million for Indonesia Disaster Aid, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you UN Seeks $50.5 Million for Indonesia Disaster Aid





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 5 October, 2018



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