As rescuers frantically search for survivors beneath the rubble in the city of Palu, with over 800 people dead and an estimated 1.6 million people affected, ActionAid’s country director in Indonesia Fransisca Fitri said:
“This is one of the biggest earthquakes our country has suffered. We are all in shock and utterly devastated. Since Friday’s earthquake, there have been over 200 aftershocks and more keep coming. It’s terrifying for people in the worst-hit areas.
“Last night, we heard that a whole village in Sige was swallowed up by the earth. It just disappeared. We think this is due to “liquefaction” of the ground as the earthquake ripples radiate out. It’s terrifying. Our team is trying to cover all affected areas, but we urgently need support to help save lives.”
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