Indonesia calls off search for tsunami victims with 5,000 missing

Mail Online | 10/12/2018 | Afp;Miranda Aldersley For Mailonline
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The search for those killed in last month's tsunami-quake disaster in Indonesia was called off today, despite there being around 5,000 people unaccounted for.

The magnitude 7.5-quake and a subsequent tsunami razed whole swathes of the coastal city of Palu on Sulawesi Island to the ground on September 28.

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More than 2,000 bodies have been recovered since the twin disaster, which also flattened the fishing city of Donggala.

But authorities fear at least twice that number could be buried beneath the ruble of the ruined cities, where entire villages were swallowed.

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Rescuers had struggled to find remains in the twisted wreckage, a job made worse as mud hardened and bodies decomposed in the tropical heat.

'The search and rescue (SAR) operation for the victims will end this Thursday afternoon,' said SAR field director in Palu, Bambang Suryo.

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