Shocking new footage shows tsunami striking Indonesia coast

With the rainy season due next month, it was essential to improve conditions as fast as possible, said Samuel Carpenter, humanitarian adviser at the British government’s Department for International Development.

“The immediate concern is over shelter and water-borne and vector-borne diseases,” Carpenter told Reuters in Palu.

“We need to be prepared for outbreaks.”

Indonesia has traditionally been reluctant to accept international aid but has approved overseas help with this disaster, including water purification systems. But it has declined foreign medical aid, saying it is capable of handling that itself.


The earthquake destroyed much of Palu’s water system, which will take many months to repair, said city official TM Nazar.

Much of the city is relying on trucks to deliver water.

“Sanitation remains a major concern,” Nazar said.

A volunteer doctor, one of many who have come from across Indonesia to help, estimated that up to 40% of displaced people were suffering from diarrhoea, most of them children under the age of six.

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