Earthquake And Tsunami Death Toll Rises To Over 800 In Indonesia

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"Today we will start the mass burial of victims, to avoid the spread of disease", he added, according to the French Press Agency.

Sulawesi is one of the earthquake-prone archipelago nation's five main islands and is known to sit astride fault lines. Several were pulled out alive, and rescuers could hear the screams and cries of others throughout the night, and lights shining from cellphones underneath the rubble.

An early-warning system that could have prevented some deaths in the tsunami has been stalled in the testing phase for years. "Clean water is an urgent need for the people of Palu", he said.

"Record everything taken, inventorise it".

Turkey is ready to do its part to help Indonesia heal its wounds in the wake of powerful quake and tsunami, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

Mr Baharuddin, 52, said: "I have one child, he is missing". I couldn't hold anything. "I last spoke to him before he went to school in the morning".

Others have centred their search around open-air morgues, where the dead lay in the baking sun - waiting to be claimed, waiting to be named.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo said the military was being called in to the region to help search-and-rescue teams get to victims and find bodies.

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"We haven't received reports from the three other areas".

Rescuers are racing against time to reach victims of last Friday's quake still trapped under rubble two days after the disaster.

Still, as dire as the situation in Palu was, it was at least clear. Their fate was unknown.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the final death toll in the north of Sulawesi island could be in the "thousands" since many regions have still not been reached.

Footage from MetroTV on Sunday showed images of destroyed houses in Donggala and areas that were once land now inundated with water.

Hundreds of people were injured in Friday's disaster and hospitals, damaged by the magnitude 7.5 quake, were overwhelmed.

A 7.5 magnitude quake struck off the coast of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, sending a tsunami to Palu and other areas.

Global relief agencies were just starting to reach the area on Sunday, after hours-long overnight drives through landslide-prone areas and badly damaged roads.

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At least 420 died in Palu while rescuers are still searching the ruins and wreckage for more bodies and survivors along the northeastern coast of Sulawesi island. A lot of them had been accounted for, but one South Korean was believed to be trapped in the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel, while three others from France and one from Malaysia were missing.

Getting enough aid in may prove a problem.

"It is not just the people in the large urban areas". "We are having difficulty deploying heavy equipment to find victims under the rubble of buildings because numerous roads leading to Palu city are damaged".

AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana A mosque was badly damaged.

About 10,000 displaced people were scattered at 50 different places in Palu, he said.

A tsunami swept away buildings and killed large number of people on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, dumping victims caught in its relentless path across a devastated landscape that rescuers were struggling to reach Saturday, hindered by damaged roads and broken communications.

The charity, the Red Cross, believes more than 1.6 million people have been affected by what's happened - with many people having to camp outside because their homes have been destroyed.

The initial quake struck as evening prayers were about to begin in the world's biggest Muslim majority country on the holiest day of the week.

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The state energy company said it was airlifting in 4,000 liters of fuel to help with the rescue effort, while the state logistics agency said it was preparing to send hundreds of tonnes of rice.

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