Indonesia: At a time when Indonesia is reeling under already quake-tsunami, which has killed at least 844 people, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumba early on Tuesday morning, the US Geological Survey said. The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres around 40 kilometres off Sumba, an island of some 750,000 people. Also Read - People Not Wearing Masks in Indonesia's Java Made to Dig Graves For COVID-19 Victims As Punishment
On Monday, the Indonesian volunteers started burying dead bodies in a vast mass grave as the United Nations warned that some 191,000 people were in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. At least 59,000 people have been displaced and 844 people have died so far in the quake-tsunami in Indonesia. Also Read - Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupts, Spews Ash 5,000 Metres High Into Sky | Watch
But four days on some remote areas are only now being contacted, medicines are running out and rescuers are struggling with a shortage of heavy equipment as they try to reach desperate victims calling out from the ruins of collapsed buildings. In response, President Joko Widodo opened the door to the dozens of international aid agencies and NGOs who are lined up to provide life-saving assistance. Also Read - Carcass of 75-Feet Blue Whale Washes up on Indonesian Beach, Experts Clueless About Its Death
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned that there were some 46,000 children and 14,000 elderly Indonesians among those in dire need — many in areas that aren’t the focus of government recovery efforts. At Poboya — in the hills above the devastated seaside city of Palu — volunteers began to fill a vast grave with the dead, with instructions to prepare for 1,300 victims to be laid to rest.