'They erupted in cheers' - footage of NZDF Indonesia tsunami evacuation

Air Loadmaster Sergeant Daniel Swanson and Indonesian soldiers help offload supplies flown into Palu on an RNZAF Hercules

"They are people who want to leave Palu temporarily to stay at their relatives houses in their respective cities, because they are still traumatized [by the quake] and struggle to meet their daily needs", he said.

But there are fears that two of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods in Palu - Petobo and Balaroa - could contain thousands more victims, swallowed up by ground that engulfed whole communities in a process known as liquefaction.

The death toll following the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia in September rose to 1,763 on October 7, according to officials cited in news reports. The United Nations has said some 200,000 people, including tens of thousands of children, are in need of help.

Hundreds of Muslim survivors in the Indonesian city of Palu have gathered at shattered mosques for Friday prayers, seeking strength to rebuild their lives a week after a powerful natural disaster and tsunami killed more than 1,500 people. "Red Cross!" as one of the aid group's medical teams arrived and set up a makeshift clinic in a field where evacuees were sleeping under tarps.

He said on local television that survivors in the Petobo, Balaroa and Jono Oge neighbourhoods could be relocated and monuments be built in the areas, which now look like wastelands, to remember the victims interred there.

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No one knows how many people are missing, especially in the areas hit by liquefaction, but it could be as high as 5,000, the national disaster agency said.

A floating hospital run by the Indonesian navy and docked in Palu port has already assisted with the delivery of a baby, local media reported.

"More than half of my family are gone", Hasnah said as she sobbed.

Parker says Australian officials are ready to help the Indonesians transfer the aid further in the disaster zone. The French rescuers said on their Facebook page that 40 people, including six workers, were still missing there.

Indonesia sits along the world's most tectonically active region, and its 260 million people are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

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Nugroho said about 67,000 military and police have been deployed to the area to maintain security and accelerate distribution of aid to survivors in outlying areas.

Thousands of people are believed to be missing in the towns of Baleroa and Petobo, where rivers of soil swept away entire neighborhoods in the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude natural disaster and ensuing tsunami on September 28.

They are unsure when they'll be able to rebuild and spend hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators.

Relief supplies from Japan, including tents and generators, have arrived at Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, which was devastated by a magnitude-7.5 natural disaster and tsunami on September 28th.

People living in the camp said two residents died in collapsing houses in the village. The death toll has topped 1500. The death toll was expected to increase, but officials said rescue crews had reached all affected areas.

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