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Death Toll From Indonesian Quake-Tsunami Tops 1,200; President Allows Foreign Aid But Access Challenging

VOA News: Indonesia to Accept Foreign Aid for Tsunami Rescue Efforts
“Indonesia’s President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has authorized the acceptance of ‘urgent’ foreign aid for humanitarian efforts in the province of Central Sulawesi, which was hit Friday by the double disaster of an earthquake and tsunami. Foreign governments have pledged assistance and aid agencies are welcoming the decision, as people in affected areas lack adequate access to food, water, medical supplies, shelter, and fuel…” (Walden, 10/2).

Washington Post: Toll from Indonesia quake-tsunami tops 1,234 as desperation mounts among survivors
“…Over 1,230 people have now been confirmed dead in twin disasters, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, in Palu in the Donggala region and the surrounding settlements on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Over 61,000 have fled their destroyed homes in 100 neighborhoods and are growing more desperate — setting up makeshift tents, eating fruit from the few trees that still stand and scouring for water — as aid remains scarce…” (McLaughlin et al., 10/2).

Additional coverage of the Indonesian quake-tsunami is available from New York Times, U.N. News, and Wall Street Journal.