Indonesia quake-tsunami death toll now at 832

At Least 30 Killed by 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake, Tsunami in Indonesia

Scores killed in Indonesia earthquake-tsunami

The death toll in the devastating quake and tsunami that hit Indonesia's island of Sulawesi increased to 832 on Sunday as rescue workers combed through concrete and lumber searching for survivors, the country's disaster management agency said. Rahmansyah, who has one name, said many bodies have been pulled out of the debris already.

In one devastated area in Palu, residents said dozens of people could still be buried in their homes. Hundreds of people gathered at the wrecked mall searching for loved ones.

Call outs for missing people are being posted on Twitter.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the final number of dead could be in the "thousands" as many regions have still not been reached.

"The death toll will increase but I can not say (by) how much", said Sutopo Nugroho, the disaster agency spokesman. Communication is still down, power is still out.

"It was luck that we ran towards safety and were not gobbled up by the mud", he said.

Indonesian volunteers began burying bodies in a mass grave with space for more than a thousand people on Monday, victims of a quake and tsunami that devastated swathes of Sulawesi and left authorities struggling to deal with the sheer scale of the disaster.

Government officials said some 1,200 inmates fled at least three prisons in the region.

"Communication is limited, heavy machinery is's not enough for the numbers of buildings that collapsed", he said.

"This is extremely worrying", it said in a statement.

The government has allocated 560 billion rupiah ($37.58 million) for disaster recovery.

Indonesia, which is on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, is all too familiar with earthquakes and tsunamis.

"I pray for our brothers and sisters, who were killed in an natural disaster and tsunami in Indonesia, wish a speedy recovery to the wounded and offer my deepest condolences to the people of Indonesia", he tweeted.

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On Friday, September 28, the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi was hit by a series of earthquakes, triggering a tsunami as high as three meters.

Questions are sure to be asked why warning systems set up after that disaster appear to have failed on Friday.

This meant a tsunami warning was issued to everyone in the area.

The European Union has announced $1.74 million in immediate aid.

Footage of the ruined city of Palu showed a crumpled mess of houses, cars and trees mashed together, with rooftops and roads split asunder.

Many of those killed in Palu were swept away by giant waves more than 10ft high as they played on the beach in the scenic tourist town.

As of midday Sunday, there were no reports of US citizens affected in the quake, the US Embassy in Jakarta told CNN. Reuters was not able to authenticate the footage.

On Saturday evening, residents fashioned makeshift bamboo shelters or slept out on dusty playing fields, fearing powerful aftershocks would topple damaged homes and bring yet more carnage. "We have to do many things soon, but conditions do not allow us to do so".

Hospitals were overwhelmed by the influx of injured, with many people being treated in the open air, while other survivors helped to retrieve the remains of those who died.

More than 14,000 people were displaced from their homes and were being housed in emergency tents, Nugroho said.

Rescuers in Indonesia were scrambling Sunday to reach trapped victims screaming for help from collapsed buildings, while looters risked entering an unstable shopping mall to grab whatever they could find after a massive quake spawned a tsunami that left more than 800 dead. Lembong said he would coordinate private sector help from around the world.

"If he needs our help, he'll have it", Mr Morrison told the ABC on Sunday.

Aid and supplies were being sent in via military and commercial aircraft, including helicopters, to reach badly affected areas. The city's airport has been reopened only for relief efforts and will remain closed until October 4 for commercial flights, Nugroho said.

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