Government Humanitarian Aid Looted on Way to Donggala and Palu

French say no more signs of life in Indonesia hotel rubble

Rescue workers were searching for people under debris on Sulawesi island in Indonesia on Friday, the day authorities have set as the deadline for finding survivors of last week's quake and tsunami that killed at least 1,424 people.

More than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia's devastating quake-tsunami, officials said Friday, drastically upping the number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster.

After days of delays, global aid is slowly making its way to the disaster zone, where the United Nations says nearly 200,000 people need humanitarian assistance.

Last Friday, three shallow 6.0 magnitude, 7.4 and 6.1 Richter scale earthquakes which triggered a tsunami with waves between 0.5 and 3.0 meters devastated Palu and Donggala.

Police have done little to stop outbreaks of looting.

Authorities in the area have in many cases stood by as people raided shops for vital goods in short supply.

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Indonesian soldiers have been instructed to fire on people caught looting in the wake of a deadly 7.5-magnitude natural disaster and tsunami as desperation for food, water and fuel grow, a military officer said Wednesday. "But not yet to the most inaccessible places", Ms Sinta said.

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Winston Peters - who arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday for meetings with Indonesian Government Ministers - announced the Government had deployed the Hercules to provide assistance.

However, global efforts to help are gearing up, after the government overcame a traditional reluctance to take foreign aid.

Military officials said Palu's airport is expected to reopen for civilian traffic later on Thursday.

"They said they would come with the heavy machines but they didn't", she said.

Electricity was restored and some shops reopened in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts was unknown almost a week after the disaster struck.

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Search efforts focused on eight key locations Friday, including a beach in the Balorao area where the sheer force of the quake turned the earth to mush.

At the heavily damaged Mercure hotel on Palu's waterfront, there was growing frustration in a French and Indonesian search team.

"We kept shouting 'Meiren, Meiren, it's me - your dad and your brother", he said.

Authorities set a tentative deadline of tomorrow to find anyone still trapped under rubble, at which point - a week after this devastating double disaster - the chances of finding survivors will dwindle to nearly zero.

In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude natural disaster off Sumatra and a subsequent tsunami killed about 230,000 people in 14 Pacific countries.

With power returning to parts of Palu late on Tuesday and phone networks back up and running, there were some signs of things getting back to normal.

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