96 dead, nearly 70k displaced as quake, floods hit Indonesia
Jakarta, Jan 18 (IANS) The death toll from a strong earthquake and floods that hit Indonesia has increased to 96, with nearly 70,000 people currently displaced, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Monday.
A total of 81 people were killed after the 6.2-magnitude quake and the 5.9-magnitude aftershock struck West Sulawesi province on January 14 and January 15, respectively, agency spokesman Raditya Jati said.
Meanwhile, 15 people were killed in South Kalimantan as floods have hit the province since January 14, reports Xinhua news agency.
The quakes have forced about 28,000 people to take shelter in 25 evacuation centre in West Sulawesi province’s city of Mamuju and Majene district, while the floods caused nearly 40,000 others to take shelter in South Kalimantan province, Jati said.
The number of houses damaged by the quakes rose to 1,150 units in the district, and five school buildings were also destroyed there, he said.
The assessment of risks of the quakes in the city and the district was still going on, Jati said.
Fearing the possibility of further spread of Covid-19 among the evacuees, rapid tests will be conducted and shelters for the displaced people will be separated from each other, according to the agency’s head Doni Monardo.
“There will be antigen tests to ensure that the evacuees have not been infected by the Covid-19 virus,” Monardo said.
Meanwhile, in South Kalimantan province, the floods have inundated nearly 25,000 houses, Jati said.
An emergency status has been declared there since January 14 and the risk assessment has been undertaken, he added.