Aid is being flown from the capital Jakarta into Palu airport, using the part of its runway still intact.
Patients are being treated in the open outside city hospitals and at least one military field hospital has been erected. The regional head of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), Komang, asked the authorities for immediate help. “We need tents, medicines, medical personnel, tarpaulins, blankets and more of other things,” he said.
The UK-based charity Save the Children is sending an assessment team to the disaster zone. “Unfortunately the more information that we’re getting, the worse the situation appears to be,” charity spokesman Tom Howells.