On Sept 28, a magnitude 7.5 quake occurred 78km north of Palu, Indonesia at 6.02pm Singapore time. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had initially issued a tsunami warning, but retracted it shortly after, a move that is now being widely criticised. As of Oct 3, the death toll had risen to 1,407 people.
Indonesia’s President Jokowi visited Palu on Sept 30 and declared that Palu was still under an “emergency status”. Since then, 18 countries had expressed willingness to provide humanitarian aid. Meanwhile, two Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers are in Indonesia as part of a team from the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance.
Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said 16,700 people were displaced, and some 2.4 million are in need of humanitarian aid. As of Oct 1, 1,400 evacuees had been evacuated to neighbouring cities.