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  • Indonesia: Thousands of kids still homeless after quake-tsunami

    Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se...-quake-tsunami

    Thousands of kids still homeless after quake-tsunami
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    57 min ago

    JAKARTA Thousands of children are living in makeshift shelters six months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami pounded the Indonesian city of Palu, aid agencies have said, as the authorities wrestle with a "painfully slow" recovery.

    The magnitude 7.5 quake and subsequent deluge razed swathes of the coastal town on Sulawesi Island last September, killing more than 4,300 people, according to Indonesia's national disaster agency.

    At least 170,000 residents from Palu and surrounding districts are still displaced and entire neighbourhoods remain in ruins.

    Mr Tom Howells of Save the Children said yesterday: "Six months after this disaster we are extremely concerned about the estimated 6,000 children still living in temporary accommodation such as tents, as well as the thousands more that are living in homes that have been damaged."

    Salsa, 10, and her parents have lived in a tent ever since the towering waves tore through their home in Donggala near the epicentre of the quake. "The light here is from a battery lamp," the fifth grader said. "Often when we sleep there are a lot of mice."

    Monsoon rains have fanned outbreaks of dengue fever and malaria, while some residents have been forced to navigate open sewers and mounds of sharp rubble...
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