PALU, Indonesia, Oct 5 (Reuters) - A week after a major natural disaster brought devastation to Indonesia's Sulawesi island, Ichsan Hidayat told how the bodies of his sister and her 43-day-old daughter were found under a sea of mud and debris, the mother clutching her baby to her chest.
Officially, today ends the search for survivors, it is now a recovery operation though the major focus is on getting basic supplies to the many thousands in need and getting medical treatment for the injured and sick.
After days of initial chaos and looting by desperate survivors, some stability has returned to Palu, with shops slowly reopening and electricity restored in some parts of the city. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said security was being ramped up to ensure law and order after 92 people were arrested for looting goods such as motor oil, tires and farming equipment.
The U.N. announced a $15 million allocation to bolster relief efforts.
An quake with a 7.5 magnitude struck Sulawesi on Friday, 28 September; almost 30 minutes later, waves six metres high hit the town of Pula as a tsunami raged through.
The Indonesian military has deployed several soldiers in front of shops, ATMs, gas pumps and airports as the authorities work to coordinate the distribution of aid to the region where more than 70,000 people have been displaced.
"The Filipino nation extends its most honest sympathies to our Indonesian brothers and sisters affected by the recent quake and tsunami", Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said on Friday.
Most of those displaced by the quake were among the 350,000 residents of Palu.
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Residents whose homes had been destroyed had little but uncertainty on the seventh day since the disasters.
"One week after the disaster, the full scale of the disaster and the needs are becoming clear".
Australia will send more than 50 medical professionals to Indonesia to help with the aftermath of a devastating quake and tsunami as part of a 5 million Australian dollar ($3.6 million) aid package.
The Response Plan was developed in consultation with the Government of Indonesia counterparts, and articulates how the humanitarian community working in the country will provide targeted, technical assistance in support of the Government-led response.
"More than half of my family are gone", Hasnah said as she sobbed.
They were from Palu and the surrounding districts struck by the disasters last Friday. Fitriani, a student from Palu who goes by one name, said his group survived the disaster but wasn't sure they could attend the competition until they were told they could board the military plane. Many spend their days trying to secure basics like clean water and fuel for generators. The death toll was expected to increase, but officials said rescue crews had reached all affected areas.
A man stands amid the damage near boats swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirts of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.