Medical aid reaches rural villages in Indonesia’s disaster area

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A medical professional administers a vaccination shot to a quake-affected resident in Palu on October 10, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. (Photo by OLAGONDRONK / AFP)

In less than 24-hours, Indonesia said it plans to end the search for victims of last month’s deadly earthquake and tsunami. Thousands are still missing and more than 2,000 have died. The goal now is focusing on recovery efforts and getting aid to those who need it the most.

CGTN’s Miro Lu filed this report from one of the hardest hit areas.

The one-and-a-half hour drive from Palu to Sigi is not particularly difficult, but for 10 days medical aid groups were so consumed by the devastation in the city. No doctor has visited the community.

Cahaya Hati is a Jakata-based NGO that aims to deliver medical services to rural Indonesia. A group of eight doctors came with four-wheel drive vehicles but had to walk the last kilometer to a village of 40 families.

Medical aid groups and NGOs are combing through the rural areas outside of Palu city. Ten days after the earthquake destroyed fours houses and injured two, one medical group finally reached the remote village.

A local doctor said the villagers suffer from trauma and stress after the twin disasters, resulting in almost all of them having high blood pressure.

The 40 households in the village have also been living on food reserves. The disruption of logistics has stopped buyers from purchasing their crops. With future income not secured, it may take a while before they feel the real pinch of the disasters.