Kuala Lumpur: More than 80 have died and hundreds of people injured after a powerful earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island last week on 17 January. The quake destroyed several buildings and forced thousands of people to leave their places. Rescue teams continued their search operations on Monday. Southeast Asian country Indonesia has been suffering from unprecedented disastrous incidents since the first week of 2021.
Divers are still working and putting in their best efforts to pull out victims and debris since the Sriwijaya Air flight 182 with more than 62 people crashed into the Java Sea minutes after taking off from Jakarta airport.
South Kalimantan has been placed under the emergency after dozens of people were killed and more than 20,000 have been forced to leave their homes due to deadly floods and heavy rains. The non-stop rains have affected Batola, Banjar, Banjar Baru, Tanah Laut, Hulu Sungai Tengah, Balangan, Tabalong, Hulu Sungai Selatan, Tapin, and Banjarmasin. As of now, more than 40,000 people have been displaced.
Last week dozens of people decided to leave Indonesia’s most populous Java island after two volcanoes erupted. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (NDMA) warned villagers living on the mountain’s slopes to be alert for ongoing volcanic activity.