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TOPSHOT - This aerial image shows a damaged mosque in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 4, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. - A total of 1,411 people have been confirmed dead and over 2,500 injured after the monster earthquake struck on September 28 sending destructive waves barrelling into Sulawesi island. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD / AFP) — AFP or licensors

In pictures: Destruction and defiance after Indonesia's quake-tsunami disaster

The official death toll so far stands at 1,424 with thousands injured and more than 70,000 displaced from their homes.
Updated Oct 06, 2018 01:03pm

Days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck central Indonesia's Sulawesi island, residents and rescuers are still trying to cope with the humanitarian crisis.

The official death toll increased on Thursday to 1,424, with thousands injured and more than 70,000 displaced from their homes.

Aid was slowly making its way into areas devastated by the twin disasters. One neighborhood's residents clapped, cheered and high-fived in their excitement at seeing a stopped truck laden with supplies.

The UN humanitarian office said “needs are vast,” with people urgently requiring shelter, clean water, food, fuel and emergency medical care.

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.

A quake survivor stands among the debris of his neighbourhood in Wani, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP
A quake survivor stands among the debris of his neighbourhood in Wani, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP

Children pose for a photo outside a makeshift camp in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP
Children pose for a photo outside a makeshift camp in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP

Rescue personnel search for survivors at a collapsed home in Balaroa, West Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP
Rescue personnel search for survivors at a collapsed home in Balaroa, West Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP

This aerial photograph shows a passenger ferry that was washed ashore into buildings in Wani, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP
This aerial photograph shows a passenger ferry that was washed ashore into buildings in Wani, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP

A boy sleeps outside a makeshift camp in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP
A boy sleeps outside a makeshift camp in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP

One of Palu's landmarks, the Jembatan Lengkung or yellow arch bridge, which collapsed during the September 28 earthquake. — AFP
One of Palu's landmarks, the Jembatan Lengkung or yellow arch bridge, which collapsed during the September 28 earthquake. — AFP

A young quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the rubble of a residence in Lere subdistrict in Palu, Indonesia. — AFP
A young quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the rubble of a residence in Lere subdistrict in Palu, Indonesia. — AFP

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo meeting a boy who survived the September 28 earthquake and tsunami in Palu in Central Sulawesi. — AFP
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo meeting a boy who survived the September 28 earthquake and tsunami in Palu in Central Sulawesi. — AFP

An earthquake-affected man sits on the rubble of a house in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP
An earthquake-affected man sits on the rubble of a house in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP

A girl poses with her dolls at an evacuation centre in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP
A girl poses with her dolls at an evacuation centre in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi. — AFP

Military officers make a record on relief aim that arrived at the Palu military command before being distributed to earthquake and tsunami victims. — AFP
Military officers make a record on relief aim that arrived at the Palu military command before being distributed to earthquake and tsunami victims. — AFP

Members of a search and rescue team clear a way to remove victims from the badly damaged Mercure hotel in Palu in Central Sulawesi. — AFP
Members of a search and rescue team clear a way to remove victims from the badly damaged Mercure hotel in Palu in Central Sulawesi. — AFP

An earthquake victim is bandaged at a makeshift hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia. — AP
An earthquake victim is bandaged at a makeshift hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia. — AP

Residents react as rescuers recover the body of a tsunami victim. — AP
Residents react as rescuers recover the body of a tsunami victim. — AP

Children access usable water at a temporary camp in Palu in Central Sulawesi. — AFP
Children access usable water at a temporary camp in Palu in Central Sulawesi. — AFP

A child injured in an earthquake recovers at a makeshift hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia. — AP
A child injured in an earthquake recovers at a makeshift hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia. — AP

A man holds bottles of syrup and cans of condensed milk scavenged from an abandoned warehouse. — AP
A man holds bottles of syrup and cans of condensed milk scavenged from an abandoned warehouse. — AP

The body of a tsunami victim waits for evacuation at a village heavily damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. — AP
The body of a tsunami victim waits for evacuation at a village heavily damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. — AP

Heavy machinery is used to bury tsunami and earthquake victims during a mass burial in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. — AP
Heavy machinery is used to bury tsunami and earthquake victims during a mass burial in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. — AP