Caricom expresses solidarity with

Friday, October 05, 2018

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed the Community's solidarity with Indonesia in the wake of the recent catastrophes.

In a message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, LaRocque said Caricom's thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who perished in the devastating earthquake of September 28 and the resulting tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.

“It is our fervent hope that the responders, who are working valiantly, will be successful in rescuing more survivors and relieve the suffering of those affected. The Community wishes a speedy and full recovery for the injured,” he told the Indonesia president.

The secretary general expressed the Community's confidence that “the indomitable will and resilience of the people of Indonesia will ensure that the people of Sulawesi overcome the trauma of this disaster”.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that one week after a magnitude 7.5 quake spawned a deadly tsunami on the island of Sulawesi, countless people have yet to find their loved ones — both survivors and the dead.

As of yesterday, the Government put the death toll at 1,424, with 113 people missing. Many families, though, never registered their losses with police. It's also unknown how many might have drowned, been swept out to sea or were swallowed up in two of Palu's neighbourhoods where the quake turned the ground into quicksand-like soil.

Lisda Cancer, who heads the local police's Department of Victim Identification, said about 600 of the bodies buried in mass graves in Palu alone were unclaimed. Until Wednesday, authorities had been photographing them in hopes that relatives could identify them later.

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