Indonesia calls off grim search for dead in quake-tsunami disaster

Soldiers and rescue workers carry the remains of recovered victims in Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu

Soldiers and rescue workers carry the remains of recovered victims in Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu

Guterres is attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on the island of Bali.

The quake already killed three people in Java, but no deaths have yet been reported in Bali.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Wednesday the death toll from the double disaster on September 28 has risen to 2,045, with most of the fatalities in the coastal city of Palu.

The official death toll was raised to 2,073.

Indonesia has extended by a day its search for victims of a 7.5 magnitude quake and tsunami on Sulawesi island at the request of relatives of the many still missing.

A magnitude 7.0 natural disaster has struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey says.

It said "the natural disaster was felt quite strongly by people in Sumenep and Situbondo for 2-5 seconds".

The quake shook the tourist hotspot of Bali two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago.

A photo released early Thursday by Indonesia's accident mitigation agency BNPB, shows damage in East Java's Sumenep district.

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BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement: "Based on our analysis of the natural disaster map, the quake's corresponding intensity was felt between III and IV on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale, or between light and moderate". No tsunami warning, fortunately, was declared.

An estimated 80,000 people have been displaced by the disaster, with many now living in tents outside their destroyed homes.

Foreign aid poured into the ravaged city of Palu where authorities believe 5,000 people could be missing and 200,000 survivors desperately need food, water and other life-saving supplies.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said today prayers will be held, collectively, in Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge to "end the evacuation of bodies".

BMKG's Professor Dwikorita told Elshinta radio: "Intensity V could cause most of the items in a house to sway, with some of them falling onto the floor".

'I am sure Central Sulawesi will rise again, ' he said.

Foreign governments and global organisations should give a helping hand through aid, donations, volunteer work and humanitarian assistance.

After making a rare appeal for worldwide assistance, the country's aid agency says it now only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport, and that foreign aid workers can only be in the field with Indonesian partners.

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