According to the Government of Indonesia, the official death toll has reached almost 1,600 people, amid unconfirmed reports that more than 1,000 people have been buried in a housing complex, in the city of Palu, which suffered the full-force of the deadly tsunami wave.
A team of French rescue experts began hunting through a huge expanse of debris on the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, looking for hands, feet or any body parts of quake victims sticking out of the mud.
"They said they would come with the heavy machines but they didn't", she said.
He said on local television that survivors in the outlying villages in Petobo, Balaroa and Jono Oge could be relocated and monuments be built in the areas, which now look like wastelands, to remember the victims interred there.
Those not found by Thursday will be presumed dead, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. In the most badly affected places, however, access is still a significant obstacle, said Paul Dillon, spokesperson for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) "Part of the problem is that the areas that are closest to the tsunami, where the tsunami hit hardest, are literally buried in mud".
The Aid or access is still an obstacle to reach the stricken communities on Indonesian island of Sulawesi, UN aid agencies said on Friday.
Among them was 39-year-old Rudy Rahman, who said the bodies of his 18- and 16-year-old sons had been found.
Parker says Australian officials are ready to help the Indonesians transfer the aid further in the disaster zone.
Plane loads of supplies were landing with increasing frequency in Palu, where daisy chains of troops unloaded supplies directly onto trucks or helicopters.
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The official toll hit 1,948, mostly in the hard-hit city of Palu, said Jamaluddin, an official from the disaster task force who uses one name.
The aid is part of a $3.6 million relief commitment, including more than 50 medical professionals, that Australia made on Wednesday.
He provided the updated figure Sunday at a news conference in Jakarta.
In a rare move, Indonesia's government has appealed for worldwide help to cope with the tragedy unfolding on Sulawesi island.
An airport damaged by the quake in central Indonesia is expected to re-open to civilian traffic later Thursday.
While destruction is extensive, with many houses destroyed, villagers said countless lives were saved by a 6.1 magnitude quake that struck about 20 km (12 miles) to the south three hours earlier. They were from Palu and the surrounding districts struck by the disasters last Friday.
The country's disaster agency announced the search for survivors would end Thursday, despite fears that scores of people still remain buried under heaps of rubble and mud.
Palu residents being evacuated from the city on board an RNZAF Hercules.
In coordination with the Government of Indonesia, IOM is preparing to send an aid convoy from the south of the island to the north, where needs are greatest.