Estcourt’s Al-Imdaad Foundation’s relief team has been on the ground on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi to respond to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the island on September 28.
The foundation’s team members have been accompanying search and rescue teams as well as implementing initial-phase aid distributions.
The island was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake as well as a massive tsunami with waves up to 6 metres high, which caused immense damage to coastal areas.
The city of Donggala, just 30 km north of the earthquake’s epicenter and the provincial capital, Palu, are amongst the worst affected locations.
On entering the city of Palu, the team witnessed widespread destruction, especially during assessments in the Balaroa residential area which was the site of the phenomenon of soil liquification.
The Al-Imdaad Foundation team assisted emergency rescue services and Indonesian military personnel who were retrieving bodies from under the rubble.
Patel explained that the combination of earthshaking, soil liquification and the water from the tsunami meant that it was highly unlikely that any survivors would now be found.
“Even those that may have survived under rubble would likely have drowned in the waters from the tsunami.”
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