Jokowi's steps in handing the natural disaster in Palu
was praised by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the right move.
Nearly 90,000 people were displaced by the quake in Palu
, forcing them into evacuation centres across the rubble-strewn city.
Indonesia said it would authorise "selective acceptance" of international help, three days after a series of earthquakes and a tsunami struck parts of Central Sulawesi province, including the major population centres of Palu
"The immediate concern is over shelter and water-borne and vector-borne diseases," Carpenter told Reuters in Palu
The tsunami that struck Palu
was reported to be over 5 meters (16 feet) tall.
Most of the dead from the quake and tsunami were in Palu
, the region's main urban centre.
Indonesia's top security minister, Wiranto, who uses a single name, said the government is mulling the possibility of turning Balaroa and Petobo, another neighborhood in Palu
, into mass graves.
Muslim Aid UK's head of mission Fadlullah Wilmot, 75, who is in Palu
, said a group of local survivors found 32 more bodies on Saturday morning.
NINE days ago, the suburb of Petobo in Palu
city was a bustling family neighbourhood of more than 900 homes.
1 / 3 Indonesian military personnel unload relief aid from a Singapore Air Force cargo plane at the Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport in Palu
, Central Sulawesi, on Oct.
The total death toll for the Palu
city districts of Petobo and Jonooge , where more than 2,400 buildings were destroyed, has still not been calculated.