APM volunteers help find bodies in Palu


Palu City • Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) volunteers yesterday worked hand-in-hand with the local rescue team, National SAR Agency (Basarnas), to intensify its efforts to find the remains of victims of the earthquake and tsunami in the city.

APM assistant commissioner Abdul Wahab Rahim said APM was granted approval to access disaster areas to facilitate field operations.

“Yesterday, eight APM volunteers came down to assist Basarnas’ operation to remove the half-buried body of a woman in a village in Petobo.

“The operation will continue today. We will also continue to assist Basarnas in other operations around Palu City after this,” he said when met by reporters at the site of the operation.

Abdul Wahab said the collaboration not only helped Basarnas, but gave exposure and experience to APM on disaster management.

The APM volunteers arrived in Palu City on Sunday with the second humanitarian mission of the Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisation.

Meanwhile, Basarnas field coordinator Azwar said although the Indonesian government had stopped the search and rescue operation, the process of removing bodies in the tragedy is still needed, especially when receiving information from residents.

Azwar also praised and thanked the APM volunteers for helping in the operation. — Bernama