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The death toll in Indonesia's quake-tsunami disaster has passed 1, 500 Friday, with time running out to rescue survivors.

During a press conference, National Agency for Disaster Management spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that the number of injured people rose to 2,549 and more than 70,000 were displaced.

Hidayat was not on Sulawesi last Friday when the 7.5 magnitude quake struck, triggering a phenomenon called soil liquefaction, which turns the ground into a roiling quagmire. Local television said the man, the only foreigner known to have perished in the disaster, was a paraglider taking part in an event in the area.

No one knows how many people were dragged to their deaths in the roiling quagmire in Petobo and nearby areas south of Palu, which were particularly hard hit by liquefaction.

Twenty-nine countries have pledged aid, according to Indonesia, but the delay in inviting help and severed transport links means little foreign help has arrived.

At least 600,000 children have been affected by the quake, Save the Children said, with many sleeping on the streets among ruins.

A week on from the disaster in Indonesia's Sulawesi some roads remain impassable, detritus is scattered everywhere and terrified people are sleeping outside for fear of further quakes. Figures for more remote areas, some still cut off by destroyed roads and landslides, are only trickling in, if at all. The work to retrieve bodies has been hampered by lack of heavy equipment to dig them out.

"Australia will deliver more supplies in the coming days".

"I hope my dead son has gone to heaven because he was in the middle of praying", said Abu Shamsuddin, who attended Friday prayers in the afternoon outside the damaged Agung Mosque in Palu city.

"Please tell the government and the NGOs if they're really willing to help us with some food please do not give it away through the command posts", said Andi Rusding, who was huddled with his relatives under a tarpaulin. Officials on the ground said that while the govt was now inviting offers of help, there is still no "mechanism for this to be implemented".

"The government of Indonesia is experienced and well-equipped in managing natural disasters, but sometimes, as with all other countries, outside help is also needed", United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator Mark Lowcock said in a statement.

Volunteers are burying more victims in a mass grave a week after a powerful natural disaster and tsunami hit the Indonesian city of Palu. "We are relieved that these much-needed supplies have arrived by plane and are starting to get through", Zubedy Koteng from Save the Children said in a statement.


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