When relief supplies arrived, there were other signs of progress: lorries were hauling in new electricity pylons to replace broken ones and re-attach the wires. Workers said they wanted to fix all damage to the networks and substations and get them back online within days.
The United Nations has announced $ 15 million to support relief efforts. More than 200,000 people needed urgently help
More than 70,000 houses are said to have been destroyed by the quake, destroyed by the tsunami or swallowed by mudslides. Thousands of people sleep in tents or in impassable sheds of rubble, unsure when to rebuild. Many spend their days securing basics like clean water and fuel for generators.
"Please tell the government and NGOs if they are really ready to help us with food, please do not pass it on to the command post," said Andi Rusding, who was huddled with his relatives under a tarp. " It is better to go directly to each tent. Because at some point (the relief supplies) are not evenly distributed. "
" It is really difficult to find water and we have no room to shower, but thankfully we got help from the government, including a medical examination, "said Masrita Arifin, who camped a few hundred yards from her family's severely damaged home.
Nugroho said most of the confirmed dead had been buried, and death toll is expected to increase as rescue workers dig the debris and combed after being slowed down by impassable roads and other damage.
People and heavy machinery struggling to find victims of sideways-moving earth surfaces Phenomenon of an earthquake dissolving, wet earth in quicksand-like mud extinguished when houses suddenly went down in the mud, which is now in the tropical Son
Many victims may have survived with faster help, said Palu resident Bambang. He told local television that he had injured a friend and trapped under rubble, but could not help him. The friend died and left a message to have him buried in front of his church, he said.
"He was still alive at the time, but he died because the evacuation was so slow," said Bambang, who used one like many Indonesians
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that military transport planes from India and Singapore had arrived to to help with the relief effort, including the transport of relief supplies and the evacuation of victims. Marsudi said 18 countries had offered assistance, and the government was still working with some countries, including Japan and the United States.
Speaker of the National Police Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said security is being increased to ensure order and order after 92 people were arrested for plundering goods such as engine oil, tires and farm equipment. The authorities earlier allowed the desperate villagers to get food supplies out of the stores, but warned them against taking other things.
Palu has been repeatedly hit by earthquakes and tsunamis that afflict much of the Indonesian archipelago. The National Disaster Bureau says that more than 148 million Indonesians in earthquake-prone areas are at risk and 3.8 million people are at risk of tsunamis, with at most 40-minute windows to warn people.
Among the people gathered at the airport in Palu was Fitriani, one of a group of students hoping to go to an Islamic contest in far-off Medan on the island of Sumatra. The group of students has been practicing calligraphy for months and reciting the Koran.
"We survived here," said Fitriani. "We pray that we can be safe in Palu."