The toll from an quake and tsunami in Indonesia soared to 844 confirmed dead on Monday, as volunteers began burying bodies in a mass grave with space for more than a thousand people, victims of a disaster that devastated swathes of Sulawesi and left authorities struggling to deal with the sheer scale of the catastrophe.
"We will start the mass burial of victims, to avoid the spread of disease".
The official death toll of 844 was released by Nugroho on Monday, an increase of only 12 from the previous day, with almost all from Palu.
Stanley Widianto, an Indonesian journalist in the largest city in Sulawesi, Makassar, said he met dozens of aid workers, Palu residents and their family members who were waiting to fly to Palu by military Hercules planes.
The Lippo Group said in a statement that it has delivered food, drinking water and clothing worth more than Rp 365 million, collected from Unilever Indonesia, OrangTua Group, Sumber Pangan Sejahtera, Coca-Cola, Mayora, Indomarco, Artaboga and Matahari Department Store, to Palu and Donggala on Sunday.
The magnitude 7.5 natural disaster struck at dusk Friday and generated a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.
Between Donggala and Palu, the "road is lined with people begging for food and water", said Fatwa Fadillah, program manager for disaster risk reduction at Catholic Relief Services.
Indonesian Red Cross officials have told the BBC that the bodies of 34 Indonesian students were found under a church buried by a mudslide. In outlying areas, the fate of thousands is still unknown.
Desperate survivors flocked to the airport Monday hoping to escape the hell that their town has become. Many more want to leave.
He said Tuesday that 799 were injured, and more than 61,000 people have been displaced.
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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned that there were about 46,000 children and 14,000 elderly Indonesians among those in dire need - many in areas that aren't the focus of government recovery efforts.
A Reuters news team saw a shop cleared by about 100 people, shouting, scrambling and fighting each other for items including clothes, toiletries, blankets and water.
Oxfam is expanding its response to support 500,000 people after the Indonesian Government announced on Monday that more than two million people may be affected by the devastating natural disaster and tsunami in Sulawesi.
At least 20 police were at the scene but did not intervene.
Quake survivors in Palu, Central Sulawesi, crowd Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu in a desperate attempt to leave the devastated area on Monday.
An aerial view of the Taipa beach area, following an quake and tsunami, North Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
He tried to reach his parents' home, about 300 metres (yards) away, but the sea of mud that engulfed the area made it too hard to reach.
The Indonesian government on Monday said that as many as 1,200 inmates have escaped from three different detention facilities in the devastated region of Sulawesi following an quake and tsunami disaster. In Tawaeli district in central Palu, crowds gathered at the port to intercept government aid arriving on boats. It was unclear if the aid had been distributed.
The power company was working to restore electricity while the state oil firm had sent in fuel, officials said. (AAP) Rescuers are still finding bodies in Palu with many more dead expected to be found when they get access to cut off areas.
Rescuers are racing against the clock and a lack of equipment to save those still trapped in the rubble, with up to 60 people feared to be underneath one Palu hotel alone. About nine bodies have been recovered from the ruins and three rescued alive.