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Death toll from Indonesia quake reaches 2,088

13 October 2018

No one knows how many people are yet to be found in Palu's ruined neighbourhoods, but it could be as many as 5,000, the disaster agency said.

More than 75 per cent of the 2,073 fatalities, according to the latest official data, occurred in this city where giant tsunami waves caused havoc to areas located hundreds of meters from the coast.

The tremor comes after a 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last month, killing more than 2,000 people.

Indonesia's Bali and Java islands were hit by a magnitude 6 quake early this morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Thousands of survivors of a devastating quake-tsunami prayed Friday by the shores of disaster-struck Palu, as the United Nations chief praised their "resilience" during a tour of the devastated Indonesian city.

The victims in East Java's Sumenep district perished after being crushed by collapsed buildings, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

He said the country's disaster response budget is now 4 trillion rupiah ($262 million) a year, equivalent to 0.002 percent of the state budget.

No tsunami warning was issued for the natural disaster.

Search for survivors has now been called off after the truly devastating 7.5 magnitude quake in Indonesia has claimed more than 2000 lives. Approximately 80,000 displaced persons shelter in makeshift shelters near their destroyed homes.

Possibly 5,000 people were buried in places where the quake caused liquefaction, a phenomenon where wet soil weakens and collapses, becoming mud that sucks houses and everything else into the ground in a quicksand-like effect.

An natural disaster Thursday killed three people in Indonesia and rattled hotels where International Monetary Fund delegates are attending a major summit, a fortnight after a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 elsewhere in the archipelago. "I'd like to use them", he said in Palu. The survivors should decide if they want to make collective graves, erect a monument, or turn them into green spaces.

Foreign governments and global organisations should give a helping hand through aid, donations, volunteer work and humanitarian assistance. But in the beginning of the week, the agency indonesian disaster management (BNPB) has informed the teams of rescue workers foreign that they could not go directly on the ground, and that all their actions were to be conducted with local partners.

Death toll from Indonesia quake reaches 2,088