sunny.png
Sunday September 22nd, 2019 8:51AM

The Latest: Australia donates quake aid, discusses more

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit part of central Indonesia (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Australia's government has given financial aid to help victims of Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami and was talking with Indonesian authorities about sending more.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 500,000 Australian dollars ($360,000) in initial funding was given to the Indonesian Red Cross for the most obvious emergency aid needs, such as tarpaulins.

Australia's ambassador was consulting the Indonesian government on more support.

Morrison told reporters in the west coast city of Perth that Australia was looking at how to best fit the needs of its neighbors in their time of need and that Australia's support wouldn't only be in the short-term.

Indonesia's president has authorized the acceptance of international help, with generators, heavy equipment and tents among the most-needed items. Officials have said the European Union, United States and China have also offered help.

___

12:45 p.m.

Residents in the disaster-devastated Indonesian city of Donggala say people there are hungry and the central government must urgently get aid there.

The city was among those hit in last week's earthquake and tsunami, but aid has been slow to arrive due to the difficulty in reaching it. Survivors in Donggala say they worry they have been forgotten as attention has been focused on the city of Palu, which has been easier to reach.

With supplies running out, local administrator Kasman Lassa says people were taking food and other essentials from shops Tuesday.

Lassa says: "Everyone is hungry and they want to eat after several days of not eating."

He says people going into shops "should take only cake, bread, rice. Do not take chairs, or television. Again, for cake, bread, rice, they can take it. The store owner also allows them to take food."

The confirmed death toll of 844 is expected to rise as authorities reach areas that were cut off by the disaster

___

10:20 a.m.

Two shallow earthquakes have occurred near the eastern Indonesian island of Sumba, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The temblors Tuesday occurred nearly 1,600 kilometers (990 miles) south of the area heavily damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami Friday on central Sulawesi island. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first quake was magnitude 5.9 and the second one about 15 minutes later was magnitude 6.0.

State news agency Antara reported that one bridge was damaged in Wula Waijelu, but there were no other immediate reports of damage. About 750,000 people live on the island, located in eastern Indonesia in East Nusa Tenggara province near East Timor.  

Indonesia is a vast archipelago stretching a similar distance to that between New York and London. It is located on the seismically active "Ring of Fire" and is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

___

8:50 a.m.

Desperation is visible everywhere in areas heavily damaged by an earthquake and tsunami, four days after the disaster devastated parts of Indonesia's central Sulawesi island.

Signs propped along roads read "We Need Food" and "We Need Support," while traffic was snarled by people waiting for fuel.

The confirmed death toll of 844 is expected to rise as authorities reach areas that were cut off by the disaster. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk Friday and generated a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.

Search-and-rescue teams combed destroyed homes and buildings for any trapped survivors, but they needed more heavy equipment to clear the rubble.

Nearly 50,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Palu alone, and hospitals were overwhelmed.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Disaster undoes hard-won progress for Indonesian port city
Disaster undoes hard-won progress for remote Indonesian port city
1:45AM ( 2 minutes ago )
The Latest: Australia donates quake aid, discusses more
Australia's government has given financial aid to help victims of Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami and was talking with Indonesian authorities about sending more
1:28AM ( 19 minutes ago )
Nobel Prize in physics to be announced Tuesday
Nobel Prize in physics to be announced Tuesday
1:14AM ( 33 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump dominated UN, but US nationalism at odds with world
US President Donald Trump dominated this year's gathering of global leaders, but his rejection of "the ideology of globalism" left America almost singlehandedly holding a nationalist banner against urgent calls for the world to work together
12:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Trump hails trade pact with Canada, Mexico
President Donald Trump is hailing his revamped North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico as a breakthrough for U.S. workers
12:01AM ( 1 hour ago )
North Korea says peace declaration not a bargaining chip
North Korea warns Washington a declaration ending the Korean War shouldn't be seen as a bargaining chip in denuclearization talks
11:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP World News
Disaster undoes hard-won progress for Indonesian port city
Disaster undoes hard-won progress for remote Indonesian port city
1:45AM ( 3 minutes ago )
Nobel Prize in physics to be announced Tuesday
Nobel Prize in physics to be announced Tuesday
1:14AM ( 33 minutes ago )
Dominant debut for No. 1 pick Ayton in Suns' exhibition game
Deandre Ayton might be the NBA's next great man in the middle
1:12AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Desperation everywhere, aid slow to reach Indonesia victims
Desperation is visible everywhere in areas heavily damaged by an earthquake and tsunami, 4 days after the disaster devastated parts of Indonesia's central Sulawesi island
1:11AM ( 36 minutes ago )
The Latest: Survivors in Indonesian town say aid needed now
Residents in the disaster-devastated Indonesian city of Donggala say people there are hungry and the central government must urgently get aid there
12:48AM ( 59 minutes ago )