Tsunami, earthquake hits Indonesia: Another Asian economy hit by an environmental calamity
- On Friday evening, three earthquakes and a
tsunamihit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
- The death toll is calculated to be at 1,203 with two regions still unaccounted for.
- The reconstruction costs and loss of human capital will further strain Indonesia’s already struggling
The death toll had reached 1,203 as of Monday afternoon according to the Disaster Management Institute of Indonesia, Care for Humanity and Humanity Data Centre. This figure doesn’t include the headcount of two districts that were also heavily affects, Parigi Mountong and North Mamuju.
Earthquake just off Sulawesi island, Indonesia. Triggering a powerful tsunami. Video captured by a local. #tsunami… https://t.co/XmvKFkpCQn— Ricky Tandy (@Chikadachina) 1538139747000
According to Sutupo Purwo Nugroho of the National Mitigation Agency, “Bodies of victims were found in several places, because they were hit by the rubble of collapsing buildings or swept by tsunami... But we are still collecting data.”
Aftershocks, totally around 215 so far, continue to the reverberate around the island causing a hindrance in rescue efforts and relief aid.
It’s not just about the loss of infrastructure but the loss of human capital and connectivity. According the UN Office for Disaster Reduction, the Indonesian tsunami could affect up to 1.6 million people. Global losses from environmental calamities averages at around $250 billion to $300 billion annually, with
That being said, the Indonesian president has authorised the government to accept international help for the
Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia before and after earthquake and tsunami. ••• *Before (English) : sebelum (Indone… https://t.co/5Kc9v6DysS— Erwin Renaldi (@erwin_renaldi) 1538394814000
The tourism industry, especially, has been struggling to rebuild its image around a series of deadly earthquakes in July and August. After the tsunami, at least 18 flights to and from
But even before the Sulawesi tsunami, the Indonesian economy wasn’t exactly thriving. Thanks to the China-US trade war,
(Image source: WHO South East Asia Twitter)