Nearly 2,000 killed in Sulawesi earthquake


All that’s left: A survivor carrying a portrait of his parents after he found it at his destroyed home where they died in Palu. — Reuters

PALU: The confirmed death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island neared 2,000, but thousands more are believed unaccounted for and officials said search teams plan to stop looking for victims later this week.

The official toll hit 1,948, mostly in the hard-hit city of Palu, said Jamaluddin, an official from the disaster task force who uses one name.

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