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UN chief tours tsunami-hit Indonesian city as survivors pray

Palu - Thousands of survivors of a devastating quake-tsunami prayed Friday by the shores of disaster-struck Palu, as the UN chief praised their "resilience" during a tour of the devastated Indonesian city.The 7.

Indonesia calls off grim search for dead in quake-tsunami

Palu - Indonesia Thursday called off the grim search for those killed in a quake-tsunami, with no hope of retrieving around 5,000 bodies believed to be still buried under the ruins nearly two weeks after the disaster.The magnitude 7.

Aid groups frustrated as foreign staff told to leave Palu

Palu - Indonesia on Tuesday told foreign aid workers their help was not needed in disaster-ravaged Palu and they should go home, frustrating relief efforts after a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 people.

Winnie the Pooh brings laughter to Indonesian quake kids

Palu - Shrieking with delight, Indonesian kids in disaster-struck Palu rush to cuddle a giant Winnie the Pooh, his horseplay and goofy grins drawing big smiles in a park surrounded with rubble.

Searching for home in the Indonesian village swallowed by quake

Palu - Stepping gingerly through the pulverised remnants of her Indonesian village, Nonlis Kando spotted a white shoebox imprinted with neon red lips sticking up from the ruins, and burst into tears.

Missing toll soars to 5,000 in engulfed Indonesia quake neighbourhoods

Palu - The number of people believed missing from the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia's Palu city has soared to 5,000, an official said Sunday, an indication that far more may have perished in the twin disaster than the current toll.

Children born aboard floating hospital in quake aftermath

Palu - Dinar was lucky to survive the Indonesian quake-tsunami that levelled her home. But she didn't have much time to count her blessings -- she was nine months pregnant and about to give birth in a disaster zone.

'We just find bodies': quake survivor hopes turn to search for dead

Palu - Wearing masks to ward off the stench of death, Indonesian soldiers trudge over mountains of mud and concrete, moving slowly as they poke and prod the wreckage.

Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

Palu - More bodies were unearthed from the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, as authorities move closer to calling off the search for the dead trapped under flattened communities and declaring them mass graves.

UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aid

New York - The United Nations said Friday it is seeking $50.5 million "for immediate relief" to help victims of the devastating quake and tsunami in Indonesia.

Indonesian parents reunited with son after week of tsunami anguish

Palu - Susi Rahmatia thought her five-year-old son Jumadil was dead, but on Friday -- a week after they were separated by Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami – they enjoyed a miraculous and emotional reunion.

Storytellers give kids a laugh in Indonesia disaster zone

Palu - "Concentrate! Concentrate now!" shouts Mahmud in a high-pitched voice, prompting giggles from the 40 rapt kids staring up at him.

Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disaster

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

Last-ditch search for survivors as Indonesia disaster toll tops 1,500

Palu - Search teams made desperate last-ditch efforts Friday to find survivors, a week on from Indonesia's devastating quake-tsunami, as the death toll from the disaster rose above 1,500.

Scientists zero in on cause of unusual Indonesian disaster

Jakarta - Almost a week after a quake-tsunami wreaked devastation in central Indonesia, scientists are zeroing in on what they believe caused the highly unusual natural disaster.The 7.

Indonesia battles fake news after quake-tsunami disaster

Jakarta - Indonesia has cracked down on "fake news" about its deadly quake-tsunami disaster, with police arresting nine people for spreading hoaxes in a bid to prevent further panic spreading among survivors.

Dying of cancer, quake-hit Indonesia's disaster spokesman battles on

Jakarta - Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman is fighting a daily battle to update the world 24/7 on the latest developments in a deadly quake-tsunami, despite his own impending date with death from terminal cancer.

Warship evacuates hundreds from quake-struck Palu

Palu - Some 1,600 survivors from Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami were whisked to safety by a Navy warship Wednesday, providing much-needed relief for a lucky few after five days marked by shortages and grief.

Day-long waits, frustration mark Indonesians' petrol quest

Palu - Hundreds of people swarm an Indonesian state-owned petrol station in the quake-and-tsunami-struck city of Palu, where some would-be customers wait for more than a day to top up the tank.

Reunited Indonesian couple a rare ray of hope in quake zone

Palu - It was two agonising days of searches through makeshift morgues and hospitals before Azwan found his wife Dewi alive and well after she was swept away in the tsunami that crashed into the Indonesian city of Palu.

Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay: scientists

Paris - The tsunami that ravaged the Indonesian city of Palu was outsized compared to the earthquake that spawned it, but other factors -- including a long, narrow bay -- conspired to create monster waves, scientists say.

Distraught Indonesians in grim search for family members

Palu - Standing on white tiles smeared with blood, Baharuddin looks absently at the bodies strewn across a hospital courtyard in front of him in Palu, Indonesia."I have one child, he's missing," the wiry 52-year-old told AFP.

Crumpled hotel becomes focus in Indonesia rescue effort

Palu - Squads of orange-clad rescue workers clambered over the tangled remains of an Indonesian hotel Sunday, hoping to dig out 50 to 60 guests still feared trapped by an earthquake-tsunami disaster.

Indonesians turn to Facebook in desperate hunt for loved ones

Jakarta - Indonesians desperate to trace loved ones missing in the earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi are turning to social media sites like Facebook to aid their search.

Indonesian air traffic controller hailed as quake hero

Jakarta - An Indonesian air traffic controller is being posthumously hailed as a hero for refusing to leave his post despite devastating earthquakes so that he could guide a passenger jet safely off the ground.

Desperate quake-hit Indonesians turn to looting

Palu - Hundreds of desperate people in the tsunami-struck Indonesian city of Palu looted supermarkets and petrol stations Sunday, as an initial trickle of aid into the devastated area failed to relieve an acute shortage of water, food and fuel.

Fearful Indonesia quake victims face fresh battle for survival

Palu - Terrified residents in the quake-struck Indonesian city of Palu fashioned makeshift bamboo shelters or slept out on dusty playing fields Saturday fearing powerful aftershockswould topple damaged homes and bring yet more carnage and suffering.

When tsunamis strike: five deadliest disasters

Jakarta - Scores of people have been killed after a powerful quake sparked a tsunami with waves as high as 1.5 metres (five feet) that smashed into the Indonesian city of Palu.

Indonesians flee to higher ground in regional tsunami drill

Meulaboh - Indonesian high school students fled to higher ground as tsunami warning sirens blared Wednesday, launching an evacuation exercise across a region devastated by a 2004 disaster which killed over 200,000 people.The drill simulated a magnitude 9.

Japan court upholds damages over student tsunami deaths: report

Apo - A Japanese appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling awarding millions of dollars in compensation to families of children swept out to sea by the massive 2011 tsunami, local media said.
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