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Balinese Among the Dead in Central Sulawesi Casualty Count

9 Balinese Counted Among the Dead in Central Sulwesi. Public Kitchens Set Up to serve Balinese Diaspora. Indonesian Naval Hospital Ship Sails for Palu from Bali.

An early count from Central Sulwesi records 9 Balinese died in the 7.4-7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Palu and Donggala, on Friday afternoon, September 28, 2018. 6 of the 9 Balinese who perished were members of the Indonesian Police Force assigned to Palu: I Gusti Ngurah Putu Sudarmana, I Gusti Kadek Sukamiarta, Desak Nyoman Elia Puspitasari, Putu Ayu Lenyaningsih, Made Muliastuti, and I Gusti Kade Suka Miarta.

Confirmation of the death of 9 Balinese was delivered by the chairman of the Indonesia Hindu Society in Central Sulwesi (PHDI-Sulwesi Tengah) on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. In addition to the 6 police officers from Bali, 3 other Balinese also perished in the natural disaster of an earthquake followed by tsunami: Gio Kasta, Mbak Dimas, and Nyonya Kundro.

In reporting the deaths, NusaBali did not provide details on the home villages in Bali of those who died, except for Brigadier IGK Suka Miarta, a traffic policeman, who was born in the Village Mendoyo Dangin Tukad in Jembrana.

The PHDI-Sulawesi Tengah spokesperson confirmed that all nine were interred in mass graves near the site of the disaster.

As of Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 40 Balinese native living in Central Sulwesi remain unaccounted for.

Hindus living in Central Sulwesi have opened an Emergency Command Post (Posko) and Public Kitchen at the Pura Agung Wanakerta Jaganatha (shown), the only Bali Hindu Temple in Palu. 50 Bali Hindu members of the Palu community have taken refuge at the Temple. Other members of the Bali diaspora in Palu have fled to a nearby hillside Balinese enclave in the Regency of Parigi Mountong. 

An estimate 11,000 native Balinese live in Central Sulawesi, primarily near Palu.

A public kitchen is in operation at the Temple with plans to open an additional public kitchen in Tanggul, Central Sulawesi. The kitchens are being built in cooperation with I Gust Putu Artha, a former commissioner of the Central Election Bureau (KPU). Artha, originally from Singaraja, North Bali, is seeking election to the National House of Representatives on the National Democratic Party (NASDEM) ticket in the 2019 legislative elections.

Meanwhile, an Indonesian Navy Hospital Ship, KRI Soeharso 990 that was berthed in Bali at the Port of Benoa, set sail for Palu on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 2:00 pm. The ship was loaded with medical supplies and carried a 93-person medical team comprised of navy and volunteer doctors, including medical specialists from several cities across the nation. Among the medical specialties represented in the team are orthapoaedists, anesthesiologists, general surgery, and surgical internists.

The Indonesian hospital ship is equipped with 5 operating theatres and 40 hospital wards.

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