Duterte says PH ready to aid quake-battered Indonesia

SURVIVOR SEARCH NEARLY OVER– An Indonesian soldier carries an elderly woman to an evacuation plane at the airport in Palu Central Sulawesi. Rescuers have until Friday to find any more survivors in the rubble left by the earthquake and tsunami. (Antara

French say no more signs of life in Indonesia hotel rubble

Officials had previously estimated that around 100 people were missing.

Last Friday, a powerful 7.4-magnitude quake and tsunami hit Central Sulawesi, launching waves as high as six meters that slammed into the island at 800 kph. He said the Palu airport will also be resume operations for passenger planes soon.

"We've mark the possible bodies with sticks".

Worldwide volunteers said many camps lack adequate sanitation, sparking fears of the spread of disease. In Geneva, the United Nations expressed frustration at the slow pace of the response.

More than 70,000 people have been left homeless from the disaster and 1,571 people have been confirmed dead.

Nazara said that the Indonesian government would look to insure its state assets, then establish a disaster risk financing mechanism.

A man sits on a chair in the shell of a house heavily damaged by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirts of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Oct. 4, 2018.

The process to deliver aids for refugees and survivors of tsunami faced difficulties as the mainland accesses to Palu and Donggala were clogged by stones rolling down from hills due to aftershocks that made it riskier for aids team to get supplies to Palu.

In the main route north out of the city, an AFP journalist saw youths blocking the road and asking for "donations" to clear the way.

President Joko Widodo - who has battled false internet claims that he is a communist - inaugurated a new cyber security agency in January. "There is no such thing as looting", he said on a visit to Palu.

A French rescue team was using high-tech equipment that measures heartbeats and breaths to search for survivors under the rubble.

More than 50 Australian medical professionals will provide emergency health support, as the government talks to Indonesia about what else might be needed. The government has said hundreds of people were severely injured in Friday's disasters.

But the Sulawesi tsunami was "atypical" and could not have been simulated, said Girardet, of the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in Bangkok.

The city, 1,500km northeast of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, has teetered close to chaos this week, without breaks of looting, but a recovery was evident as some shops and banks reopened and a major mobile phone network was back up.

But for most, daily life has changed beyond all recognition. He spoke as numerous city and region's residents scrambled to get food, water and other supplies — with many resorting to taking things from shops and markets. "People everywhere want to go to the toilet, but there's no toilet".

"We survived here", Fitriani said.

In 2004, an quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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