Govt Extends Rescue Operations in Central Sulawesi
BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (Photo:MI/Putri Yuliani)
Jakarta: The government has decided to extend the emergency period in quake-hit Central Sulawesi province for two weeks.

"All stakeholders held a joint meeting at 09.00 AM today. They agreed to extend the emergency period for two weeks," National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters on Thursday.

"The additional period will start on October 13. It will end on October 26," The BNPB official added.

On September 28, magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit several parts of Central Sulawesi province at around 06:02 PM Central Indonesia Time (WITA). A subsequent tsunami smashed coasts of Palu and Donggala several minutes later.

According to authorities, the disaster has killed more than 2,000 people and injured thousands. The government has deployed thousands of rescue workers to Palu, Donggala and other affected regions.


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