The number of confirmed missing stands at over 100, but fears are growing that vast numbers of people have been buried in a massive government housing complex at Balaroa, where the sheer force of the quake turned the earth temporarily to mush.
After days of delays, worldwide aid has finally started to arrive in the disaster zone, where the United Nations says nearly 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is in Indonesia and has scheduled meetings with government ministers today and tomorrow.
"We've marked the possible bodies with sticks".
"More than half of my family are gone", Hasnah said as she sobbed.
Nazara said that the Indonesian government would look to insure its state assets, then establish a disaster risk financing mechanism.
An airport damaged by the natural disaster in central Indonesia is expected to re-open to civilian traffic later Thursday.
The process to deliver aids for refugees and survivors of tsunami faced difficulties as the mainland accesses to Palu and Donggala were clogged by stones rolling down from hills due to aftershocks that made it riskier for aids team to get supplies to Palu.
Signs of desperation are growing, with police officers forced to fire warning shots and teargas on Tuesday to ward off people ransacking shops.
An AFP journalist saw long convoys of vehicles packed with supplies heading along a coastal road to Palu from the city of Mamuju, a 10-hour drive.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday visited disaster-hit Palu to check the disaster-relief efforts.
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The official death toll has reached 1,424 with thousands more injured and more than 70,000 residents displaced from their homes.
"And there are still a few bodies trapped under the rubble".
"We are perplexed and frustrated mostly. Our priority is still to find and save people", he added.
Indonesia sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire", the world's most tectonically active region, and its 260 million people are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
Rescue efforts have been hampered by a lack of heavy machinery, severed transport links and the scale of the damage.
The Central Emergency Response Fund has already allocated $15 million to support the activities included in the Response Plan, and will fund projects in logistics, water and sanitation, camp management, health, shelter, protection, and food security and livelihoods.
The chanting marked the end of a day filled with prayers and more burials as many survivors leaned on their faith to help them overcome grief and confusion.
Indonesia's military chief says soldiers and other forces have been deployed to the stricken port city of Palu to guard key infrastructure, fuel depots and the airport and stop any attempts at looting.
Most of the dead have been found in Palu. "People everywhere want to go to the toilet but there's no toilet".
Last ditch search for quake survivors as death toll rises.
The Scottish Government will provide £240,000 to help those affected by the quake and tsunami in Indonesia.