Khabarindiaonline: Indonesia has appealed for international help to provide life saving assistance as it struggles to deal with the sheer scale of the recent quake and tsunami that devastated swathes of Sulawesi killing over 800 people.
Officials fear the toll will rise steeply in the coming days as some remote areas have yet to be contacted. Rescuers are struggling with a shortage of heavy equipment to reach desperate victims calling out from the ruins of collapsed buildings.
In response, President Joko Widodo opened the door to the dozens of international aid agencies and NGOs lined up to provide live-saving assistance
At Poboya — in the hills above the devastated seaside city of Palu — volunteers dug a 100 metre-long grave to bury the dead.
Meanwhile government officials said some 1,200 inmates fled at least three prisons in the region. ( Source: AIRN ).