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9/30/2018 7:00:45 PM

No Vietnamese victims reported in Indonesia quakes, tsunami

According to the Vietnam News, no Vietnamese has been reported dead or missing in Palu city, Sulawesi province, after strong earthquakes and tsunami occurred in Indonesia on September 28.

Rescue personnel carry the body of an earthquake victim to the compounds of a police hospital in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi, on Sept 30, 2018, following a strong earthquake in the area.

Rescue personnel carry the body of an earthquake victim to the compounds of a police hospital in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi, on Sept 30, 2018, following a strong earthquake in the area.PHOTO: AFP

The Vietnam News on September 30 cited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' announcement, saying that 
the Embassy of Vietnam in Indonesia has promptly learned about the situation and carry out necessary protection measures if any Vietnamese was affected.

The embassy also confirmed that 10 Vietnamese students studying at Tadulako University in Palu city are safe.

It has established a working group to ask for assistance from search and rescue agencies, universities and Vietnamese people in neighbouring localities if required.

The students are also advised to remain calm and closely follow guidance and notice of the local disaster prevention agency and keep in touch with the embassy’s staff.

The Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has worked with the embassy to arrange accommodations for the students until the situation become stable.

In case of emergency, it is recommended to contact the hotline of the Vietnamese Embassy 62811161025 and 62213100358, or the citizen protection hotline 84 981848484.

According to AFP, the death toll from Indonesia's quake and tsunami disaster nearly doubled to 1,200 on Sunday (Sept 30) and was expected to rise further, prompting the authorities to announce mass burials in a desperate attempt to stave off disease.

"The casualties will keep increasing," said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, whose agency announced the jump in the toll from 420 earlier./.

  ( VNF )
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