PALU. (03/10) Five days after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu, the Rumah Zakat volunteer team joined Basarnas to evacuate in the Petobo area, Palu, Central Sulawesi.
Amid the blazing sun the Volunteer spirit did not recede in the slightest in searching, helping and evacuating the victims.
“This time we will search for and evacuate victims, in the Petobo area with the Basarnas team, even though the weather is very hot, we are still enthusiastic, that’s our goal to be here”. Nurmansyah said, volunteer of Rumah Zakat.
The evacuation of victims was focused in the Petobo area because the area was included in the 3 areas that suffered the most damage when the earthquake and tsunami hit the city.
“We brought the team down here, because this place included the worst place, and here is not a tsunami, but a land that looks like water that flows and hits buildings around here”. He said.
Sweat that drips in the bodies of volunteers is not in vain. One by one the bodies of the victims were found, the stinging smell did not break the spirit of volunteers to continue searching and evacuating victims.
“We have found another one here, and it is suspected that there are still many victims buried here, we will continue to search,” he added.
Allegedly there are still many victims buried, considering the area is an area that has quite a lot of residents.
“There are several of our targets, but our access is difficult, we have to wait for this land to run out first, then we can find and evacuate the buried victims,” he added.
Until now, more than 1,300 victims have died from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu, Central Sulawesi.
Candra Kurnia / Lailatul Istikhomah