ASEAN supports quake, tsunami victims in Indonesia hinh anh 1Searching for victims of earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia (Source: xinhua/VNA)

Jakarta (VNA)
– The AHA Centre, an intergovernmental organisation established by ten ASEAN member states with the aim of facilitating cooperation and coordination of disaster management in the region, handed over 75 houses to tsunami victims in Palu city of Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on April 16.

Speaking at an online handover ceremony, the centre’s Executive Director Adelina Kamal said that the disaster relief project was supported by the Philippines and Brunei. It was completed in March 2020 after eight months of construction, and is named “ASEAN Village”.

Mayor of Palu city Hidayat stated that the ASEAN Village is part of joint efforts to address demand for housing of local residents who luckily survived after the 2018 earthquake and tsunami.

On September 28, 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Palu, killing around 4,300 people, with many remaining unaccounted for. The earthquake triggered cascading events including near-field tsunami, major liquefaction and landslides, which damaged thousands of houses, and fishing vessels./.