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Indonesia says around 5000 still missing in quake-hit Central Sulawesi
Around 5000 people might still be missing in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, more than a week after a massive quake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island, officials said on Oct. 7.
Most of them are buried under rubble and mud in the worst-hit areas in the city, Petobo and Balaroa, which were swallowed by liquefaction, a phenomenon when soil shaken by an earthquake behaves like a liquid, and hundreds of people are believed to have perished.
The number was reported by the chiefs of the two villages and has not been officially recorded by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, officials said.
Rescue workers will stop searching for the bodies of victims of an earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi on Oct. 11, the disaster agency said after the official death toll from the 7.5 magnitude quake and a tsunami it triggered on Sept. 28 rose to 1,763.