Major damage to Port of Palu

Major damage to port

The port of Palu in Sulawesi has suffered severe damage due to a large earthquake that struck on 28 September and the following tsunami.

Two earthquakes measuring 6.1 and 7.7 on the Richter scale were centred near the central Sulawesi town of Donggala. The tsunami that followed hit both Donggala and Palu, the provincial capital.

According to reports, the dock at Palu is not damaged so ships can call at the port. However, there has been major damage to the infrastructure and there are now no cranes or roads serving the port. There has been no news when the port will be re-opened but it is likely to take months to restore it to functionality.

Palu Airport is only open to the military for emergency evacuation and delivery of disaster-relief materials.

The status of Mutiara port in Donggala also in unclear as of now since the area is still unreachable and communications and electricity are patchy.

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