Mass burials as Indonesia toll tops 832

Mass burials as Indonesia toll tops 832

Mass burials as Indonesia toll tops 832

The confirmed death toll from an quake and tsunami on Indonesia's Sulawesi island has risen from 844 to to 1234.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the death toll could rise into the thousands.

Elsewhere on the outskirts of Palu, lorries brought 54 bodies to a mass grave dug in sandy soil.

"As of 1:00 pm there are 1,234 dead", said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the national disaster agency spokesman.

Hundreds of people are still reported missing in the city, while about 2,000 people from villages further inland may have also di‌‌e‌d due to the mudslides in the area.

People were sleeping in the open, wary of returning to their homes.

One man shouted: "There has been no aid, we need to eat". Officials said that they required more volunteers, more supplies of water and rice that could be distributed at different points in the town, instead of in one place.

People are also suffering from a lack of resources including food and clothing.

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The Palu airport was reopened to commercial flights on Sunday, but humanitarian aid flights will be given priority, according to the authorities.

The Chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Lembong, took to Twitter on Monday to announce that Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has authorized the acceptance of worldwide aid for the disaster. The European Union and about 10 other countries have offered assistance, including the USA and China.

The Indonesian government is struggling under the pressure with food trucks, water and fuel having difficulty reaching those in need.

With communications down and access by land disrupted, rescuers were struggling to reach communities closer to the epicenter of the 7.5 magnitude natural disaster that struck on Friday, triggering tsunami waves as high as six meters (20 feet).

Damaged roads and telecommunication channels have disrupted the distribution of aid and supplies in some areas.

President Joko Widodo "authorised us to accept global help for urgent disaster-response" the government's head of investment Tom Lembong said, as dozens of aid agencies and NGOs lined up to provide live-saving assistance and the government struggled to come to terms with the sheer scale of the disaster.

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

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