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Relief efforts focus on preventing epidemics, restoring electricity in Palu, Indonesia

2 October 2018

Relief efforts are currently focused on preventing disease outbreaks and quickly restoring electricity to the disaster area, as search and rescue efforts in the Palu area of Sulawesi continue for the fourth day, Indonesian officials said on Monday. the rescuers are increasing efforts to search public areas such as hotels and malls for survivors.

Another major task for relief workers is to prevent epidemics. The Indonesian government is also transporting 4,000 liters of fuel from nearby cities to the quake zone to solve the fuel crisis. The death toll of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake rose to 844 on Monday, while 90 remain missing. The death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue.