Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Volunteers bury more bodies from Indonesia quake

Volunteers bury more bodies from Indonesia quake

In Palu, some shops and banks re-opened on Thursday and a major mobile phone network was back into operation.

Lt. Col. Agus Hariyanto said 100 marines landed Thursday at Palu airport and 200 more were on their way. Many more remain missing. The government has said hundreds of people were severely injured in Friday's disasters.

A woman cries as she attends a mass prayer for Palu at Talise beach for the one-week tsunami anniversary in Palu, Indonesia, October 5, 2018.

"If there is looting again, we will quickly fire a warning shot and then shoot to immobilise", he said.

Children with plastic containers begged for money by the roadside while some shell-shocked residents scoured for anything still salvageable among the debris.

"This is a time for ASEAN solidarity", Malacañang stressed.

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

Authorities have set a tentative deadline of Friday to find anyone still trapped under rubble, at which point - a week after this devastating double disaster on Sulawesi island - the chances of finding survivors will dwindle to nearly zero.

CTV News' Omar Sachedina is tweeting from Palu, where he is covering the aftermath of the disaster.

"My immediate family is safe, thank God, but my cousin was killed", he told Reuters, adding that his family had got food and water in the past few days.

In Palu, most affected by the quake, military and disaster management agency's trucks were distributing relief goods along the roads, while the Red Cross distributed blankets and mattresses that were brought to the area by sea, the organisation said.

Almost a week after an quake struck Sulawesi, spawning a massive tsunami that overwhelmed the Indonesian island's central coast, aid groups are finally getting a foothold in the badly battered region - though challenges remain vast for relief and recovery efforts.

"Things are improving", Azhari Samad, a 56-year-old insurance salesman, told AFP at a mosque in Palu. "Indonesians have a big heart".

The city of Palu on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after being hit by a 7.4-magnitude quake and a wall of water, which flattened homes, ripped up trees and overturned cars. "We pray we can be safe in Palu".

He said foreign aid is starting to reach the area.

They are supporting search and rescue efforts, transporting the deceased, helping the survivors with first aid and medical treatment, and handing out plastic sheeting for shelter and sleeping mats so people have somewhere dry to sleep.

"The government of Indonesia is experienced and well-equipped in managing natural disasters, but sometimes, as with all other countries, outside help is also needed", United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator Mark Lowcock said in a statement.

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