PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth and killed thousands, a second crisis is looming as recovery efforts stumble and the city begs for humanitarian assistance.
Thousands of people in this city on Indonesia's Sulawesi island are still living in sweltering tent cities, while construction of new permanent homes has yet to start. Almost a third of temporary housing is unoccupied after aid groups and authorities failed to connect the units to essential utilities.
President Joko Widodo and his deputy promised that financial assistance would be rapidly distributed, but not a cent has been paid out.
The city's struggle to recover highlights a broader problem of neglect often suffered by remote regions in Indonesia.