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Indonesians step up search for quake victims as deadline approaches
Rescue workers in Indonesia stepped up their search for victims of the earthquake and tsunami on Tuesday (October 9), hoping to find as many bodies as they can before this week's deadline for their work to halt, as the official death toll rose to 2,010.
Indonesian Red Cross posted a video on Twitter showing rescue workers attempting to move through the difficult terrain in Petobo, one of the worst-hit villages.
The national disaster mitigation agency has called off the search from Thursday, citing concern about the spread of disease.
Perhaps as many as 5,000 victims of the 7.5 magnitude quake and tsunami on Sept. 28 have yet to be found, most of them entombed in flows of mud flows that surged from the ground when the quake agitated the soil into a liquid mire.