March 1, 2021

Guterres visits the victims of the Selémo de Célebes, on the last day of the search

Guterres visits the victims of the Selémo de Célebes, on the last day of the search



The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, is visiting today the area most affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated part of the Indonesian island of Celebes and coincides with the last day of search of some of the 5,000 people who are considered missing .

Accompanied by the Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, the UN chief examined the ravages caused by the natural disaster in the devastated city of Palu.

More than 75 percent of the 2,073 fatalities, according to the latest official data, happened in this city where the giant wave hit with great force and went hundreds of meters from the coast.

The representative of the United Nations also plans to move to the neighborhood of Balaroa, in Palu, where thousands of homes were swallowed up by the liquefaction of the land, a phenomenon that occurs when a strong earthquake hits a sandy soil with large water bags, It sinks and releases a lot of mud.

According to estimates of local chiefs, some 5,000 people are not located in Balaroa and the town of Petobo.

In the afternoon, Guterres will meet some of the 82,000 displaced during his visit to the shelters established by the authorities and where he can inspect the distribution of humanitarian aid, before leaving.

On Thursday, the authorities extended the search and rescue of survivors for 24 hours, which will end today at the end of the day.

However, a team of fifteen people will remain in the area waiting for requests from the locals to evacuate victims, the spokesperson in Palu of the national search and rescue agency, Yusuf Latif, told Efe.

Rescue personnel have not found anyone alive under the rubble for more than a week and authorities have announced that they will turn the most devastated places into green areas and parks for memory.

The natural disaster in Celebes is the worst in Indonesia since the tsunami that swept the province of Aceh in the west of the archipelago in 2004, killing 167,000 people.

Indonesia sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity shaken by about 7,000 tremors a year, mostly moderate.

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