About 1,000 people are still missing in three areas of Indonesia following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.
The number of those still unaccounted for is an estimate by the national disaster agency and is made up of those believed to be missing from the areas of Petobo, Balaroa and Sigi – neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the hard-hit city of Palu. Most victims in Petobo are in flattened homes buried under at least three metres of mud that has now solidified.
It is believed that the liquefaction damage is unprecedented in Indonesia, despite high seismic activity.”
It comes as the number of dead rose to 1,424, while more than 70,000 have been left homeless.
Thousands more are believed to be missing from other areas, with people trapped under rubble or mud due to the process of liquefaction, which sees the earth loosen due to the earthquake then turn into what looks like a heavy liquid.
The 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Sulawesi Island on Friday and was followed by a tsunami as high as 6m (20ft) which destroyed homes and left hundreds of thousands desperate for food and water.