The scene after the disaster (Source: Xinhua)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - The United Nations on October 2 announced the allocation of 15 million USD to aid those affected by earthquakes and tsunami that recently struck Sulawesi island, Indonesia.

The money from the Central Emergency Response Fund will support UN agencies already on the ground to respond to key priorities identified by the Indonesian government and assist tens of thousands of people in need.

UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock said the funds will allow UN agencies and humanitarian organisations to support the government-led response in logistics, safe water and sanitation, health care, camp coordination and management, and protection services.

In a press briefing at the White House, US President Donald Trump extended his condolences to the Indonesian government and people over the damage caused by the disasters.

He pledged to send a rapid response team to Indonesia for recovery efforts.

On September 28, the central Sulawesi province was hit by 6.1 and 7.5-magnitude earthquakes and a subsequent tsunami of 6m. Up to 48,000 were forced to evacuate.

The death toll has amounted to 1,374 while 113 others remain unaccounted-for.-VNA