Rescuers rest near the ruin of a house at Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Indonesia Thursday called off the grim search for those killed in a quake-tsunami, with no hope of retrieving around 5,000 bodies believed to be still buried under the ruins nearly two weeks after the disaster.The magnitude 7.5 quake and a subsequent tsunami razed swathes of the city of Palu on Sulawesi island Sept. 28 .A total 2,073 bodies had been recovered since the twin disasters, authorities said Thursday.More than 200,000 people remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Palu.Humanitarian efforts have accelerated into the disaster-ravaged city, but the recovery effort was criticized for moving too slowly.Four days after the disaster, once the picture became clearer, President Joko Widodo reluctantly agreed to allow in overseas aid.Indonesia sits along the world's most tectonically active region, and its 260 million people are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.A string of earthquakes in Lombok, in eastern Indonesia, killed more than 550 people over the summer.
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