The young man standing atop a mound of gray mud and debris on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, waiting for an excavator he hoped would dig out the bodies of his parents, voiced the exasperation many feel in his earthquake-plagued country.
Sutopo also said about 5,000 residents were reported missing in two residential areas, where the jolts instigated a soil movement phenomenon called "liquefaction" in Petobo residential area and an oil movement of up-and-down in Balaroa residential area, where most of the houses were sunk by the soil.
Foreign aid groups with existing bases in Indonesia should be able to continue to provide support, Ms van Baaren said. "We just have to accept it", he told AFP. "Why aren't we getting better at handling it?"
Almost 90,000 people were displaced by the disaster, many sheltering in tents outside their destroyed homes.
Mohamad Reza, a resident of Balaroa village, which was obliterated by the quake, said foreign aid workers were very much welcome.
Nugroho said Thursday's quake was not related to the Palu quake since the faults that triggered them are different. "After 14 days, the corpses will stink and could spread disease", he said.
The major quake's epicentre was 125 kilometres east of the town of Kimbe, according to USGS, which said it struck at a depth of around 40 km.
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A magnitude 6 natural disaster struck off the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing three people in Java and damaging some buildings while causing panic among residents.
"I felt the quake for at least 30 seconds and I panicked".
"We were so afraid we ran out of the house", said Raden Jaka, a resident of Silae.
"This is the first time we encountered such difficulty in actually getting to do our work", team leader Arnaud Allibert told Reuters, adding they were leaving on Wednesday as their help was no longer needed.
Anwar Saing, 45, who sought refuge in a camp near the Darussalam Grand Mosque in western Palu, told BenarNews that his house was not badly damaged by the quake. She will have to stay in a tent.
Indonesia straddles the southwestern reaches of the Pacific Ring of Fire and is practically defined by the tectonic plates that grind below its lush islands and blue seas.