No signs of life in hotel rubble, week after Indonesia quake

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Officials believe more than 100 people are still missing.

Hidayat was not on Sulawesi last Friday when the 7.5 magnitude quake struck, triggering a phenomenon called soil liquefaction, which turns the ground into a roiling quagmire.

After days of delays, global aid is slowly making its way to the disaster zone, where the United Nations says nearly 200,000 people need humanitarian assistance.

An aerial view of Petobo sub-district following an natural disaster in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on October 2, 2018.

A state of emergency could be extended for a couple of months "until people in Palu can stand on their own", Indonesian vice president Jusuf Kalla said during a visit to the shattered city. Workers said they meant to fix all the damage to the networks and substations and get them reconnected to the grid within days.

The Indonesian retailers association said that losses sustained by mini market chain stores operating in Palu and Donggala had reached 450 billion rupiah (about $2.9 million) as of Monday.

As the search for victims continued, aid workers raced to get shelter, food, medicine and other badly needed supplies to survivors.

The city which is 1,500 km northeast of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, has teetered close to chaos this week, with outbreaks of looting, but a recovery was evident as some shops and banks reopened and a major mobile phone network was back up.

But the death toll, now above 1,500 hundred is still expected to climb.

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On Friday, the death toll rose to 1,571, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management.

Besson said they would bring heavy equipment early Friday to try to rescue the person.

The figure included tens of thousands of children, with authorities estimating 66,000 homes destroyed or damaged.

Rescuers were digging through several feet of mud looking for survivors in the Palu area on Friday, one week after a 7.5-magnitude quake and tsunami hit the region.

Indonesia has the world's biggest Muslim population but also pockets of Christians, including on Sulawesi, and other religions.

Australia will send more than 50 medical professionals to Indonesia to help with the aftermath of a devastating quake and tsunami as part of a 5 million Australian dollar ($3.6 million) aid package.

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.

In 2004, a 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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