Bangladesh mourns Indonesia earthquake deaths

January 16, 2021 Bangladesh
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has expressed deep shock above the loss of various lives and resources in a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Indonesia.

A solid earthquake shook the country’s Sulawesi island soon after midnight Friday, toppling homes and structures, triggering landslides and eliminating at least 34 people.

More than 600 persons were injured through the solid quake, which sent persons fleeing their homes in the darkness.

Also, there have been reports of many people trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes and properties. Thousands of displaced people were evacuated to temporary shelters.

In a note to his Indonesian counterpart Retno LP Marsudi, Dr Momen expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the Indonesian government, people of the united states, and the participants of the bereaved families.

The foreign minister hoped that the resilient and enterprising persons of Indonesia would overcome the disaster and return to normal life.

The Indonesian disaster agency said the death toll climbed to 34 as rescuers in Mamuju retrieved 26 bodies trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings.

The agency said at least 300 residences and a wellness clinic were damaged and about 15,000 persons were being housed in momentary shelters in the district. Power and cell phones were down in lots of areas.

As well, Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysical agency warned of the dangers of aftershocks and the potential for a tsunami.

Indonesia, a good vast archipelago of 260 million persons, is generally struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its position on the “Band of Fire,” a great arc of volcanoes and fault lines found in the Pacific Basin.

In 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Palu on Sulawesi island tripped a tsunami and triggered the soil to collapse in a phenomenon named liquefaction. A lot more than 4,000 persons died, a lot of the victims buried when complete neighbourhoods had been swallowed in the falling ground.

A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed 230,000 persons in twelve countries, almost all of them in Indonesia.

Dr Momen said, “Officials and rescue workers of Bangladesh and Indonesia may take part found in joint earthquake drills and simulation exercises as being both countries are actually disaster-prone.”

He as well reiterated Bangladesh’s dedication to work with the international network on disaster risk lowering and global climate change adaptation and mitigation issues.
Source: Observerbd - Bangladesh

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