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People have been forced to loot shops for food and water, saying aid has not yet reached them, while families search open-air morgues in the baking sun to try to find their loved ones.

In response, President Joko Widodo opened the door to the dozens of worldwide aid agencies and NGOs lined up to provide live-saving assistance. "UNICEF Indonesia, in partnership with the Government, is doing everything it can to respond to this emergency, which hit the country just one month after another powerful natural disaster resulted in hundreds of deaths in Lombok".

It wasn't immediately clear what type of help was being authorized.

As of Tuesday afternoon, disaster agency estimated 99 people were missing, 799 were badly injured, 152 victims remained trapped under debris, there were 61,687 refugees created by the quake and tsunami and 65,733 houses had collapsed.

President Joko Widodo has opened the door to dozens of global aid groups and NGOs to help reach remote areas that still have not been reached since the twin disasters.

Indonesia's Directorate General of Corrections said that inmates escaped from three over-capacity detention facilities. Ministry of Justice official Sri Puguh Utami said the prisoners had run for their lives "because they feared they would be affected by the quake". "This is for sure a matter of life and death for the prisoners", she said.

As of now, the official death toll is 844 people.

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"We will start the mass burial of victims, to avoid the spread of disease". Communication is still down, power is still out.

In total, an estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the disaster, Indonesian Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Video footage aired by Indonesia's TVOne showed women and children, some pregnant and others carrying babies in their arms, weeping and screaming as they pleaded with military personnel to let them board a Hercules aircraft on the tarmac Monday morning.

Smaller aftershocks from Friday's quake continued to rumble through the area. "We are capable of deploying a field hospital and a full team, but the issue is logistics". All were accounted for except one Belgian, one South Korean and six French. The 832 dead included people crushed in the quake and swept away by the tsunami.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the final number of dead could be in the "thousands" as many regions have still not been reached. The country's President Joko Widodo (r) visited the island and pledged to rebuild the city.

Two survivors have been pulled from the 80-room Hotel Roa-Roa, said rescuers, and there are hopes more could be alive after calls for help were heard.

The ruins would be rebuilt, he said, as aftershocks rattled the region 48 hours after the natural disaster.

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Disaster officials say the inability to access the worst-affected areas has hampered their efforts, as they were unable to quickly deliver aid and heavy machinery used to rescue survivors. Many people were trapped and buried under collapsed houses. Nugroho said water was reported as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government had set aside Rp 560 billion ($37.6 million) for disaster relief in Palu.

TRT World's Ben Said reports.

People injured or affected by the quake and tsunami wait to be evacuated on an air force plane in Palu, Indonesia, on September 30.

While the military have been able to assist several humanitarian relief convoys and air deliveries, the number of people in need is presenting the Indonesian government with a vast logistical and humanitarian challenge just a month after another island is still struggling to recover from an natural disaster that killed 430 people.

"It's OK if he's buried in the mass grave, it's better to have him buried fast", said Yahya, before heading off to look for her missing daughter.

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