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Sulawesi hospitals at full capacity, threat of infections linger
A week after a major earthquake brought devastation to Indonesia's Sulawesi island, Hasnah has trouble remembering all of the dead relatives she's trying to find in the tangled expanse of mud and debris that used to be her neighborhood.
Hasnah, 44, is from Petobo, a village on the southern outskirts of the city of Palu, where the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 28 triggered a phenomenon called soil liquefaction, which turned the ground into a churning sea of mud.
"More than half of my family are gone," Hasnah told Reuters as she sobbed. "I can’t even count how many. Two of my children are gone, my cousins, my sister, my brother in law and their children, all gone."
The official death toll from the quake and tsunami it triggered stands at 1,558, but it will certainly rise as more bodies are recovered in Palu, where most of the dead have been counted.