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Sulawesi quake: Last-ditch search for survivors as Indonesia disaster toll tops 1,500

2018-10-06 08:14:45       source:The Straits Times

October 5, 2018

PALU (AFP, REUTERS) - Search teams made desperate last-ditch efforts on Friday (Oct 5) to find survivors, a week on from Indonesia's devastating quake-tsunami, as the death toll from the disaster rose above 1,500.

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.

After days of delays, international aid has finally started to arrive in the disaster zone, where the UN says almost 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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