Hundreds of missing feared dead in quake-devastated Indonesia

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Rescue workers were searching for people under debris on Sulawesi island in Indonesia on Friday, the day authorities have set as the deadline for finding survivors of last week's natural disaster and tsunami that killed at least 1,424 people.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon that 519 of the bodies had been buried.

MANILA- The Philippines on Friday extended its sympathies to Indonesia following the devastating natural disaster and tsunami that left at least 1,500 dead in Palu, Central Sulawesi. Hundreds more are believed to be buried in mud and debris as authorities have stepped up operations to search for survivors.

More than 65,000 homes were damaged and more than 60,000 people have been displaced and are in need of emergency help.

The official death toll from last Friday's 7.5 magnitude quake has risen to 1407.

A week on from the disaster, some roads in the area remain impassable, detritus from the tsunami is scattered everywhere while terrified people are sleeping outside for fear of further quakes.

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. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said this week it had to be repaired and properly maintained.

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Indonesia plans to launch a new strategy to fund disaster recovery, which could include selling "catastrophe bonds", a government official said on Thursday, as the country faced up to the devastation from a huge quake and a tsunami. The US had provided initial funding, deployed government disaster experts and is working to determine what other help can be given, the US state department said earlier this week.

Thousands of others were injured and more than 70,000 people have been moved to shelters and makeshift tents that have sprouted across Palu, the provincial capital that's home to 380,000 people, and its surrounding areas.

The central government woulds then create a disaster risk financing instrument, which local governments can draw upon if their budgets are wiped out because of a natural catastrophe, he said.

Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that water is the main issue because most of the water supply infrastructure has been damaged.

"This is really a challenging and hard time for Indonesia and for all of us, but we are united and we stand strong", he told a briefing of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club late on Wednesday.

In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude quake off Sumatra and a subsequent tsunami killed about 230,000 people in 14 Pacific countries.

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