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Indonesia death toll could rise drastically, as aid starts to arrive

Indonesia death toll could rise drastically, as aid starts to arrive More than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia'...

Indonesia death toll could rise drastically, as aid starts to arrive

More than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia's devastating quake-tsunami, officials said on Friday, drastically increasing the number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster.

Palu city on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after it was hit by a powerful quake and a wall of water which razed whole neighbourhoods to the ground, with the official death toll now 1,571.

The number of confirmed missing stands at over 100, but fears are growing that vast numbers of people have been buried in a massive government housing complex at Balaroa, where the sheer force of the quake turned the earth temporarily to mush.

"Maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing," Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told AFP.

"But we still cannot be sure because there's a possibility that s ome people managed to get out."

Source: Google News Indonesia | Netizen 24 Indonesia

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