Death toll from Indonesian tsunami rises to more than 1200

Indonesia scrambles to help quake-hit island as death toll tops 800

"Disaster agency spokesman Nugroho told reporters on Sunday none of Indonesia's tsunami buoys, one device used to detect waves, had been operating since 2012", Reuters said.

A massive quake and tsunami has hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia leaving a death count of more than 1,200 and 50,000 displaced according to the country's disaster agency.

The bodies of 34 children attending a Bible camp in a remote northern region of the island of Sulawesi (Indonesia) have been found, the Red Cross confirmed.

Local administration head Kasman Lassa said residents should take only food staples from shops.

There were also concerns over the whereabouts of hundreds of people who had been preparing for a beach festival when the 7.5-magnitude quake struck Friday, sparking a tsunami that ripped apart the city's coastline. We are scaling up our response to reach 500,000 people with essential aid supplies like ready-to-eat food, water purification kits, and shelter packs. "So, on this issue, we can not pressure them to hold much longer". Another body was pulled out from the ruins of the 80-room Hotel Roa-Roa where more than 50 people were feared trapped.

"If you look at the level of devastation caused by the disaster, we see that everybody is affected by it, police officers, rescue workers and even medical workers have also become victims of it", she said.

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Almost 200,000 people have been displaced and are in need of emergency help, while thousands have been streaming out of the stricken areas.

Search and rescue workers evacuate an natural disaster and tsunami survivor trapped in a collapsed restaurant, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

JEWEL SAMAD via Getty Images Indonesian soldiers burying quake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on 2 October.

About 3000 residents flocked to its airport, trying to board military aircraft or one of the few commercial flights, local TV reported.

President Joko Widodo has opened the door to dozens of worldwide aid groups and NGOs to help reach remote areas that still have not been reached since the twin disasters.

The European Union and 10 countries have offered assistance, including the United States, Australia and China, he said.

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