Indonesia looks to cat bonds after string of earthquakes & tsunami

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Officially, today ends the search for survivors, it is now a recovery operation though the major focus is on getting basic supplies to the many thousands in need and getting medical treatment for the injured and sick.

Chief Air Marshall Hadi Tjahyanto said Wednesday outside a collapsed hotel in the city that his forces were taking steps to ensure that security will be enforced.

The U.N. announced a $15 million allocation to bolster relief efforts.

The official death toll from last Friday's 7.5 magnitude quake has risen to 1,407, many killed by tsunami waves and landslides it triggered.

"We pray for the ones who have died and for those yet to be found", the imam said.

"The scale of the relief effort required following last week's quake and tsunami is becoming increasingly apparent, and there are many people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance".

"The death toll is now 1,374, 113 missing", Willem Rampangilei, head of Indonesia's national disaster agency, told reporters in Palu on Tuesday.

The instruction came following dozens of arrests by police involving people looting in the disaster zone around the seaside city of Palu, which has much of its buildings and houses decimated from the natural disasters. "We will continue to work closely with the Indonesian government to help people affected by this tragedy", Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.

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The Response Plan was developed in consultation with the Government of Indonesia counterparts, and articulates how the humanitarian community working in the country will provide targeted, technical assistance in support of the Government-led response.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 11 transport aircraft have been pledged, including two each from Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Malaysia, and one from India. "It's possible there are more", the 39-year-old said.

Sick of waiting for help, villagers themselves have been searching, Hasnah said.

Indonesia has been hit by a number of earthquakes in recent months, with the events that struck the island of Lombok and surrounding area in July and August now thought to have cost nearly $800 million.

Time was running out on Wednesday for anyone trapped in the rubble of a devastating quake and tsunami in Indonesia, five days after disaster struck, while increasingly angry survivors waited for an aid operation to move into high gear. He said he believes his son, who was praying at the time when the disaster struck, has gone to heaven.

Among those gathered at the airport in Palu was Fitriani, one of a group of students hoping to leave for an Islamic competition in far-off Medan, on the island of Sumatra.

They are unsure when they'll be able to rebuild and spend hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators. The number of dead is expected to soar as rescue crews comb through affected areas after being slowed initially by broken, impassable roads and other damage.

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