More Than 840 Dead in Indonesia after Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami

Death toll from earthquake in Indonesia hits 844 hundreds of bodies thrown in mass graves

The troops boarded a naval ship Monday morning and headed to the hard-hit cities of Palu and Donggala.

Aid workers told the BBC they were still in the process of retrieving the bodies, and were being hampered by mud. "The water was spinning me around", he said.

Makassar is over 700 kilometres (435 miles) from Palu and Donggala.

At least 1,234 people are already known to have died in the disaster, according to official figures from the National Disaster Management Agency on Tuesday (Oct 2). The death toll from the disaster soared to 832 and looks certain to rise as rescuers struggle to reach devastated outlying communities.

Local media say hundreds of people have thronged to the airport in recent days trying to get out of the stricken city.

Villagers who pulled out loved ones-alive and dead-over the weekend expressed frustration that it took rescue teams until Monday to reach Petobo.

The confirmed death toll of 844 was certain to rise as rescuers reached devastated outlying communities hit last Friday by a 7.5-magnitude natural disaster and subsequent tsunami waves as high as 6m. "We don't have any other choice, we must get food", one survivor in Palu told Agence France-Presse.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho updated the figure at a news conference in Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon (Tuesday evening NZ time).

Three days after the disaster, the streets of the provincial capital Palu were still covered in debris and bodies thrown about by a magnitude 7.5 quake that triggered tsunami waves up to three-meters-high (10 feet).

Some survivors clambered through detritus hunting for anything salvageable, some crowded around daisy-chained power strips at the few buildings that still have power, others queued for water, cash or petrol being brought in via armed police convoy.

The Boxing Day quake in 2004 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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As a cargo plane failed to land at Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie Airport in Palu Sunday because the airport was overrun by hungry residents, one woman cried, "We have not eaten for three days".

"It was just messed up again, and we had to start all over again", she said.

State energy company Pertamina said it was airlifting 4,000 liters of fuel to the area to help with the rescue efforts, while state logistics agency Bulog said it was preparing to send in hundreds of tons of rice.

Since last Friday's quake, as many as 254 aftershocks have been recorded as of Monday.

On Monday, they returned, and recovered eight bodies. Mechanical earth-movers waited to push soil on top of the bodies. More burials were expected to follow. The authorities have begun to bury bodies in mass graves amid concern about disease, while some survivors have resorted to looting shops for basic supplies. In Tawaeli district in central Palu, crowds gathered at the port to intercept government aid arriving on boats.

Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has authorized the acceptance of "urgent" foreign aid for humanitarian efforts in the province of Central Sulawesi, which was hit Friday by the double disaster of an quake and tsunami.

A tsunami warning was issued after the natural disaster hit on Friday, but many people in Palu did not receive alerts because of power cuts caused by the tremor.

On Monday, the government made the decision to conduct a mass burial of those lost in the tragedy saying that "This must be done as soon as possible for health and religious reasons".

The Indonesian Government has allocated 560 billion rupiah ($37.58 million) for disaster recovery, however access to the worst-affected areas is still limited by heavily damaged roads, and large machinery needed to clear away rubble is yet to arrive.

This aerial picture shows the remains of the Roa Roa hotel.

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