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.

In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019 photo, a motorist rides past ruins of buildings destroyed during the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019 photo, a motorist rides past ruins of buildings destroyed during the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

The city’s struggle to recover highlights a broader problem of neglect often suffered by remote regions in Indonesia.

In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, Indonesian women chat among tents at a temporary shelter for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, Indonesian women chat among tents at a temporary shelter for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, children play inside a tent at a camp for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, children play inside a tent at a camp for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, a woman sits under a tent at a temporary shelter for those affected by Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, a woman sits under a tent at a temporary shelter for those affected by Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, photo, children play in the water on a beach as a mosque collapsed during the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, photo, children play in the water on a beach as a mosque collapsed during the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019, photo, a man makes his way through the ruins of houses destroyed by earthquake-triggered liquefaction at Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019, photo, a man makes his way through the ruins of houses destroyed by earthquake-triggered liquefaction at Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, a worker paints a temporary shelter for survivors of the Sept. 28, 2018, earthquake and liquefaction in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, a worker paints a temporary shelter for survivors of the Sept. 28, 2018, earthquake and liquefaction in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, photo, children play with the background of a mural painted on the wall of a temporary shelter for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, photo, children play with the background of a mural painted on the wall of a temporary shelter for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019 photo, a young boy washes his face at a temporary shelter for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019 photo, a young boy washes his face at a temporary shelter for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, worker fill up a water tank at a camp for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Monday, April 1, 2019, photo, worker fill up a water tank at a camp for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, photo, a young girl pauses as she plays at a temporary housing compound for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, photo, a young girl pauses as she plays at a temporary housing compound for those affected by the Sept. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

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