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Aerial footage shows massive destruction in devastating quake
Footage released by the Turkish NGO Humanitarian relief foundation (IHH) showed the destruction along the coastline of Palu on Wednesday (October 3), days after a massive earthquake hit Indonesia. The small city of 370,000 people has been the focus of the aid effort launched after last Friday's (September 28) 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on the west coast of Sulawesi island. By Thursday (October 4), the official death toll stood at 1,424, but it is widely expected to rise as most of the dead accounted for have been from Palu, while figures for remote areas are trickling in or remain unknown. International help for survivors has gathered pace, but communities in more remote areas have been cut off by broken roads, landslides and crippled communications, leaving people increasingly desperate for basic needs as aid has only just begun to trickle through. Altogether, the badly affected areas in the disaster zone include some 1.4 million people. Rescue workers are pushing into outlying districts, where residents have said they have been scavenging for coconuts, bananas and cassava.