Palu – Day 1

The team arrived at 06:30 to Palu and got straight to work as signs of structural damage were immediately evident on the exterior and interior of the airport terminal building.

After dropping kit bags at the local digs, the team headed out in convoy to have an initial scope-out of the damaged areas and recorded some preliminary findings. On arrival at the Palu bay-front area the tsunami damage was stunningly clear with the total destruction of all but a few structures. Most notably the Masjid APUNG Arqam Baburahman Palu Mosque, now affectionately ‘the floating mosque’, sits stranded offshore but with the structure mostly still intact.

In the afternoon the team visited the local Tadulako University and were welcomed by representatives of the university. After a delicious local lunch, the team sat down to discuss how we could collaborate and conduct an effective field mission supported by representatives of the university.

See below for a few general photos of the damage in Palu…