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city (2010 pop. 310,168) and port, capital of Central Sulawesi prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia. Located in an area of coconut, coffee, and cocoa farms, it has food-processing, fishing, and boat-building industries; copra and timber are exported. In Sept., 2018, the city was devastated by an earthquake, which also caused soil liquefaction, mudslides, and a 16-ft (5-m) tsunami; more than 2,000 died in the city alone.
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'The A400M carrier was the only freight carrier that successfully flew large and heavy machinery from Jakarta to the SIS Al-Jufri Mutiara Airport in Palu.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) flew right away to Palu to see first hand the situation and gave directions to mitigate the disaster as fast and effective as possible.
'Disasters will continue to hit and with climate change there will be more,' said Georgieva, who visited Palu earlier this week.
FILE PHOTO: Rescue workers pull a body from the rubble of a destroyed mosque at Balaroa neighborhood hit by the earthquake and liquefaction in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 9, 2018.
The number of people believed missing from the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia's Palu city has soared to 5,000, an official said, an indication that far more may have perished in the twin disaster than the current toll.
About 70,000 people have been displaced and many are living in crude shelters made out of salvaged wood and plastic in Palu and its surrounding hills.
Willem Rampangilei, head of the National Board for Disaster Management, said there could be as many as 5,000 victims still buried in deep mud in Balaroa and Petobo, two of Palu's hardest-hit neighbourhoods.
The BNPB spokesman stated that over 8,000 evacuees had left Palu through both air and sea transportation to Makassar, South Sulawesi; Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Jakarta; and Manado, North Sulawesi, and some evacuees had left Palu independently using their own vehicles.
Palu and its neighboring cities are situated in a flat valley where the soil is loose and sandy and there is a high water table (water under the ground).
Eight victims in black body bags of the national search and rescue agency were arranged in a row in the crumpled Palu neighborhood of Balaroa, destined for a mass grave.