Telkom Indonesia said in a press release on Sunday that it has repaired 80 percent of its base transceiver stations that were damaged in in last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/Basri Marzuki)

More Than Half Electricity, Fuel Supplies Restored in Central Sulawesi


OCTOBER 07, 2018

Jakarta. More than half the electricity and fuel supplies in areas affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, have been restored, officials said on Friday (05/10).

Five of the seven damaged electrical substations, which serve Palu, Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong, have been repaired and are now operational, with state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) working to repair the remainder by next week.

Officials have also restored 75 percent of the fuel supply, which is currently brought in by air, sea and land.

The electricity and fuel supplies are gradually being restored in Palu, a week after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed the city. (Photo courtesy of PLN)

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said 12 of the 17 gas stations in Palu are back to normal, but that supplies are strictly rationed.

He added that state-owned telecommunications service provider Telkom Indonesia has been providing free broadband Wi-Fi access in several locations, while it is working to fully restore communications.

"For emergency relief efforts, we need time, because there are challenges. But if we look at the situation right now, it is going well," Sutopo said at a press conference in Jakarta on Friday.

Technicians working to repair a power line in Palu on Friday. (Photo courtesy of PLN)

The official death toll in the magnitude-7.4 earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu, Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong, currently stands at 1,571.

More than 70,000 people have been left homeless, while 66,238 houses were destroyed in the twin disasters, according to the BNPB's latest data.

Sutopo said there is still an urgent need for fuel, in addition to food, clean water and medical supplies.

Members of a search and rescue team recovered the body of a South Korean citizen from the ruins of Roa Roa Hotel in Palu on Thursday. He has been identified as a male paragliding athlete. He is so far the only fatality among the 120 foreign citizens who were in the area when the disaster occurred.