Friday's disaster devastated swathes of the eastern Sulawesi island and has left at least 844 people dead.
The Department of Foreign Affairs initially reported that the said Filipino was safe, but Orcine said their latest information was that "all of the detainees escaped because the building was destroyed by the natural disaster and the tsunami".
Sutopo said aid supplies had began arriving in Palu and were being distributed to those in need.
Neighbors including Australia, Thailand and China offered help and Pope Francis, speaking to thousands in St. Peter's Square, said he was praying for the victims. They were closest to the epicenter of the largest, magnitude 7.5 quake that struck Friday, before the tsunami washed into the long, narrow bay, past the town of Donggala and into Palu.
One woman told the network, "We have not eaten for three days".
President Joko Widodo visited a housing complex flattened when the quake liquefied the soil it stood on, and called for patience.
Widjo Kongko, a tsunami expert with the country's technology agency, also described the patchy early-warning system.
In response, President Joko Widodo opened the door to the dozens of worldwide aid agencies and NGOs who are lined up to provide life-saving assistance.
Indonesia, home to 260 million people, is one of the world's most disaster-prone nations.
Damaged roads and telecommunication channels have disrupted the distribution of aid and supplies in some areas. In addition, services for the identification and referral of separated and unaccompanied children, prevention of family separation, psychosocial support and education, will need to be scaled up as quickly as possible to protect children and help reestablish a sense of normalcy.
"We will start the mass burial of victims, to avoid the spread of disease".
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A lack of heavy lifting equipment is hampering rescuers' attempts to reach people who remain alive in the ruins of collapsed buildings.
Another woman was trapped in the rubble and mud for almost 48 hours before finally being rescued. Hundreds descended yesterday on Palu airport, hoping to be evacuated by military transport over fears of aftershocks.
At a collapsed seven-storey hotel in Palu, rescuers are still hunting for survivors.
"My sister was found embracing her father", he said.
Search and rescue workers evacuate an natural disaster and tsunami survivor trapped in a collapsed restaurant, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Of particular concern is Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicentre of the quake, and two other districts, which have been cut off from communications since Friday.
A massive 2004 quake triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including 168,000 in Indonesia.
As many as 2.4 million people could have felt the quake, it is believed.
A warning system was put in place across the whole Pacific region after the 2004 disaster, which killed almost a quarter of a million people.
The European Union said on Sunday that it has released €1.5 million ($1.7 million) in emergency aid for victims of the natural disaster, while the South Korean Embassy in Jakarta said the country would send aid worth $1 million to the affected areas.