Palu, Indonesia: Pictures of a City in Pain

Keisyah Aprilia and Yayank Stiv
Mamuju and Palu, Indonesia

Palu’s iconic Ponulele Bridge lies in ruins and a nearby portion of the city is largely flattened following the earthquake and tsunami three days earlier, Oct. 1, 2018. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


The pillars that supported Palu’s landmark Masjid Apung Arqam Baburahman and the causeway that led to the “floating mosque” were destroyed. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


Rescue workers remove a body from the ruins of Palu’s eight-story Roa Roa Hotel, where participants in an international paragliding competition were staying when the earthquake hit, Oct. 1, 2018. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


Many homes along Palu Bay in the western part of the city were destroyed by tsunami waves. Oct. 1, 2018. (Yayank Stiv/BenarNews)


A resident walks in front of ruined homes in the Lere neighborhood of West Palu, Oct. 1, 2018. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


Residents loot a fuel truck in Palu, Oct. 1, 2018. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


Workers remove a car that was crushed outside the Roa Roa Hotel in Palu, Oct. 1, 2018. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


A woman rescues clothes from her home that was hit by the tsunami in Palu, Oct. 1, 2018. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


Police identify a deceased victim at a home in Talise neighborhood of East Palu, Oct. 1, 2018. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]

Tucked at the end of long, narrow bay between mountain ridges, the picturesque city of Palu lies in ruins after being clobbered by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Friday.

Officials say 844 people are confirmed dead, 90 are missing, 632 are badly injured and more than 48,000 residents are homeless. Palu, the provincial capital of Central Sulawesi, has a population of around 374,000, according to 2016 statistics.

The toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach more remote areas, such as mountainous Sigi Regency and Donggala, a regency and small city northwest of Palu, on the Makassar Strait.

The iconic yellow bridge that crosses the Palu River right at the coast, and city’s “floating mosque” have both been severely damaged.

Indonesian officials asked for international aid Monday, three days after the disaster struck, as rescue workers struggled to find victims still buried in the rubble, hampered by a lack of heavy equipment. Many residents said they had yet to receive sufficient aid.

“There are six types of assistance we need from the international community: air transport equipment for a 2,000 meter runway, which Palu has; tents for displaced people; water treatments; generators; field hospitals; and medical personnel,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, told reporters in Jakarta.


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