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Sulawesi Earthquake Caused $911 Million In Damages, And Counting


Sulawesi Earthquake Caused $911 Million In Damages, And Counting

Accurate data of the Earthquake and resulting Tsunami that hit central Sulawesi have been released.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB):

2,256 People Are Confirmed Dead

4,612 People Injured

223,751 People Displaced

 As the worst hit areas, Palu, Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong have experienced a mass exodus.

Die Welt

Economic Losses Are In Excess Of Rp 13.82 Trillion (US$911 Million)

Rp 1.99 trillion of this figure is in lost income, while Rp 11.83 trillion comes in the form of physical damages.

The brunt of these financial costs were due to the destruction of:

68,451 Houses

327 Places Of Worship

265 Schools

78 Offices

 AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana

Unfortunately, we still haven’t counted the final cost. BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated:

“We expect the losses and damage caused by the disasters to continue to increase since the data we are using are temporary in nature.”

He continues:

“The most damage was sustained in the residential sector… Almost all the buildings along the coast of Palu Bay were destroyed or severely damaged. The soil liquefaction in the residential areas in Petobo, Jono Oge and Sibalaya also caused thousands of houses to disappear.”

Sutopo’s estimated rehabilitation cost?

Rp 10 Trillion.


Just where that money is going to come from is still a matter of debate.

As of now, only around US$30 million has come as foreign aid… that’s some way off rebuilding $911 million in damages, and most of that money is going to first responses.

Although the data isn’t in, it’s unlikely that the generosity of the public has matched the figure of foreign governments.


And sure, some of the world’s Super Rich have donated “generously”.

But they (and we, the non-Super Rich) are going to have to dig a bit deeper if the 223,000 displaced Indonesians are going to have a place to call home again.

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