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Indonesia scrambles to help quake-hit island as death toll tops 800

Indonesia earthquake: Death toll skyrockets, mass prison breaks

Quake and tsunami-hit Indonesia starts burying its dead and asks for global help after Friday's disaster left over 800 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.

A death toll that stood at 844 Monday morning was expected to rise as rescuers continued responding to Friday's 7.5 magnitude natural disaster and subsequent tsunami on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

Indonesia's ambassador to Canada, Teuku Faizasyah, said he expects to see the death toll rise as more bodies are discovered.

Among the dead are 34 children who were attending a Bible camp at a church near Palu.

Indonesia's Metro TV on Sunday broadcast footage from a coastal community in Donggala, close to the epicentre of the quake, where some waterfront homes appeared crushed but a resident said most people fled to higher ground after the quake struck. "Everyone is hungry and they want to eat after several days of not eating", he said. Many people were trapped and buried under collapsed houses. There are more than 300,000 people living there.

"We have anticipated it by providing food, rice, but it was not enough".

Powerful and shallow quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 magnitude which were followed by a tsunami struck the province on Friday with Palu, the capital of the province, and Donggala district as the hardest-hit areas. "So, on this issue, we can not pressure them to hold much longer".

Almost 50,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Palu alone, Mr Nugroho said, and hospitals were overwhelmed.

Mass graves have already been prepared to bury hundreds of bodies, according to AFP.

Antara Foto Agency / Reuters An Indonesian rescue team searches for victims and survivors at the earthquake-damaged Roa Roa hotel in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 1, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

On Tuesday, one of the first evacuation flights transported dozens of people from Palu to a military airport in East Java, reported AP.

President Widodo authorised worldwide aid on Monday and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed his government has donated $360,000 with plans to provide a second round of aid.

The European Union and 10 countries have offered assistance, including the United States, Australia and China, he said.

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