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More than a thousand people could still be missing, officials said, drastically upping the total number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster.

An quake with a 7.5 magnitude struck Sulawesi on Friday, 28 September; almost 30 minutes later, waves six metres high hit the town of Pula as a tsunami raged through.

The national disaster agency says 1,700 homes in one neighbourhood alone were swallowed up and hundreds of people killed.

Structures have been totally wiped out after a massive quake and tsunami hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The city of Palu on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after being hit by a 7.4-magnitude quake and a wall of water, which flattened homes, ripped up trees and overturned cars. Bank Indonesia was helping restore payment systems and some cash machines were working again in Palu as banks re-opened, he said.

As the search for victims continued, aid workers raced to get shelter, food, medicine and other badly needed supplies to survivors.

Indonesia's military chief says soldiers and other forces have been deployed to the stricken port city of Palu to guard key infrastructure, fuel depots and the airport and stop any attempts at looting.

By Thursday, the official death toll stood at 1,424, but it will certainly rise as the bodies were still being recovered in Palu.

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After arriving in the early hours of Friday morning in Jakarta, the team of paramedics, firefighters, doctors and a few journalists remain in the capital city until flights can be arranged to Palu.

"The death toll rose by 17 compared to Wednesday's count, while the number of injured rose to 2,549 with more than 70,000 displaced people", Efe news reported.

Members of the Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) - a cluster of loosely connected groups accused of using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to attack the government and stoke religious extremism - have been rounded up.

Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, who arrived Friday in Palu to assess the situation, said it will take at least two years to reconstruct the disaster zone.

"But we still can not be sure because there's a possibility that some people managed to get out". "Indonesians have a big heart".

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

Australia will send more than 50 medical professionals to Indonesia to help with the aftermath of a devastating quake and tsunami as part of a 5 million Australian dollar ($3.6 million) aid package.

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


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