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Mass burials as death toll tops 800


x: People inspecting the damage outside a shopping mall in Palu. — AP

x: People inspecting the damage outside a shopping mall in Palu. — AP

Palu: The death toll in Indonesia’s quake-tsunami disaster nearly doubled to over 800, as ill-equipped rescuers struggled to reach scores of trapped victims, health officials resorted to mass burials and desperate residents looted shops for food and water.

“The casualties will keep increasing,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, whose agency announced 832 deaths yesterday.

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