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Indonesian national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the body of a South Korean missing since last Friday's quake and tsunami in central Sulawesi has been found.

Catastrophe bonds and the support of International Monetary Fund and World Bank entities could help Indonesia to put in place a funding mechanism that provides liquidity immediately after disaster strike, while the insurance and reinsurance market could help the government protect its own balance-sheet and buffer taxpayers.

A French rescue worker says his team, using high-tech scanners, has detected a person believed to be still alive under the rubble of a hotel in the Indonesian city of Palu, almost a week after it was struck by a powerful quake and tsunami.

Worldwide efforts to help survivors of Indonesia's devastating quake and tsunami are gathering pace as concern grows for hundreds of thousands with little food and water, six days after disaster struck.

More than 1,500 people are thought to be dead, missing or injured after last week's 7.5-magnitude tremor and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi, with up to 1.5 million people affected.

"Please tell the government and the NGOs if they're really willing to help us with some food please do not give it away through the command posts", said Andi Rusding, who was huddled with his relatives under a tarpaulin.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said military transport aircraft from India and Singapore had arrived to help in the relief efforts, including transporting supplies and evacuating victims. Officials on the ground said that while the govt was now inviting offers of help, there is still no "mechanism for this to be implemented".

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday that United Nations and relief agencies are on the ground or en route.

Sitting on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia has been struck by devastating earthquakes and tsunamis before.

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President Rodrigo Duterte has urged ASEAN members to strengthen solidarity after a devastating natural disaster and tsunami hit Indonesia.

"There's no data", said Abdul Haris of the national search and rescue agency, when asked about the string of small settlements that line the road, which passes some sandy beaches that attract a trickle of tourists. He said security will be necessary for economic activity to resume.

Nevertheless there were signs of life returning to normal, with children playing in the streets, radios blaring out music, and electricity back up and running in most places.

But for most, daily life has changed beyond all recognition.

"There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad", said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer trying to get basic food and other supplies out to fellow residents of Palu.

Rescue efforts since last Friday's quake have been greatly impeded by a shortage of heavy equipment.

Among those leaving are a group of students attending an Islamic competition in the Sumatran city of Medan.

"The looters were not people from the affected areas".


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