October 7, 2018 / 8:34 AM / in 12 days

Indonesia to stop searching for quake victims on Thursday - agency

PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian rescue workers will stop searching for the bodies of victims of an earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi on Thursday, the national disaster mitigation agency said on Sunday.

Soldiers take a break near a destroyed mosque where they found earthquake victims in the Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October6, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The official death toll from the Sept. 28 disaster rose to 1,763. Bodies are still being recovered from the ruins of buildings in the small city of Palu and from neighbourhoods hit by liquefaction, a phenomenon that turns the ground into a roiling quagmire, in the south of city.

Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Paul Tait

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