School children still reeling the horrors of Palu quake

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Children are still reeling the horrors of the Palu quake as classes resumed this week.

“We won’t force the students to come back because many are traumatised. But we must start again soon to keep their spirits up and so they don’t fall behind,” School principal Kasiludin said in a report.

Strait Times said their first week in class will be dedicated to cleaning up their rooms and gather data on who will and will not return to school.

“It’s sad to see our school like this,” a student said in a report.

As of this writing, the death toll is at 1,763. However, the number of those missing remains unknown.

The liquefaction, which happens when soil taken on the characteristics of a liquid after an earthquake, was among the primary reason for the widespread destruction during the quake, sucking out nearly an entire village.

A dramatic 43-second footage has gone viral, where buildings in Sulawesi may be seen “collapsing as the ground slides beneath them,” said the UK-based daily, The Guardian.

“In very simple words, when liquefaction occurs, the strength of the soil decreases and, the ability of a soil deposit to support foundations for buildings and bridges is reduced,” said Dr Carmine Galasso from University College London in a report.

Meanwhile, a giant Winnie the Pooh was sent to the disaster-struck Palu to cheer up the children. Other volunteers have reportedly organized games such as badminton and football.

Save the Children child protection expert David Bloomer said in a report that, “play is an extremely important part of a child’s psychological health and wellbeing.”

He added, “it gives them a chance to regain a sense of normalcy in a world that has changed around them.”