Inside The Search Mission For Indonesia’s Tsunami Survivors (HBO)

Authorities say it will take two years to rebuild the Indonesian city of Palu after it was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on Sep. 28, which killed at least 2,000 people and injured 4,600. Search and rescue teams were originally given until Oct. 11 to find and retrieve bodies, but the search was extended by a day at the request of survivors. As many as 5,000 people remain missing, meaning whole neighborhoods will be left as mass graves. The earthquake led to a phenomenon known as “liquefaction”, in which soil begins to act like liquid — effectively swallowing and sweeping away entire buildings. Communities were turned into swathes of debris and mud, hampering search and rescue teams that had to wait for heavy machinery to arrive in order to clear access.

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Aid groups frustrated as foreign staff told to leave Palu

Indonesia tells foreign aid workers their help is not needed in disaster-ravaged Palu and they should go home, frustrating relief efforts after a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 people.

Indonesia: Food and tents distributed by NGOs

Food and tents are distributed by NGOs in a camp in Ngatabaru, near Palu, as relief efforts have been ramped up to reach 200,000 people in desperate need of help after days of delays. IMAGES

Families search for missing loved ones in Indonesia

Rescue workers comb through the destroyed neighbourhood of Balaroa in Palu as the death toll from Indonesia’s earthquake-tsunami disaster nears 2,000 people. The country’s disaster agency says the official search for the unaccounted will continue until October 11 at which point they will be listed as missing, presumed dead.

Recovery efforts for bodies of quake victims continue in Palu

The number of people believed missing from the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Palu city has soared to 5,000, an official said, an indication that far more may have perished in the twin disaster than the current toll. IMAGES of recovery efforts

Aid pours into Indonesian city stricken by quake-tsunami

Aid pours into disaster-ravaged Palu after days of delays as efforts ramped up to reach 200,000 people in desperate need following a deadly quake-tsunami in the Indonesian city.

Aerials of Indonesian quake destruction

Helicopter aerials of Palu city show the extent of damage caused by last week’s earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. IMAGES

AP reporter describes Indonesia quake devastation

(5 Oct 2018) Associated Press reporter Stephen Wright describes the destruction in Palu a week after a magnitude 7.5 quake struck central Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. (Oct. 5)

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Muslims pray for strength in quake-hit Palu city

(5 Oct 2018) Hundreds of people gathered on an Indonesian beach Friday to chant a Muslim prayer – and remember those they lost – one week after a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged the area, killing more than 1,500 people. (Oct. 5)

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More than 1,000 may still be missing in Indonesia disaster

More than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia’s devastating quake-tsunami, officials say, while French and Indonesian search teams are frustrated after they can no longer detect signs of life that they found the night before at the quake-hit Mercure hotel on Palu’s waterfront.