Indonesia calls for international help to deal with quake-tsunami

Arelative of a victim cries while gathered outside the collapsed Roa Roa hotel in Palu. (AFP pic)

JAKARTA: The Indonesian government on Monday called for international help to deal with the aftermath of a devastating series on earthquakes and a tsunami in the island region of Sulawesi that killed at least 832 people.

President Joko Widodo “authorised us to accept international help for urgent disaster-response” the government’s head of investment Tom Lembong said, as dozens of aid agencies and NGOs lined up to provide live-saving assistance and the government struggled to come to terms with the sheer scale of the disaster.