Indonesia tsunami: death toll rises to 844 as rescuers struggle to get to victims – live

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Authorities warn toll could reach ‘thousands’ after 6m waves and earthquake struck city of Palu in Sulawesi

Sutopo contradicted earlier reports that the government had given the residents of Palu permission to loot food from the shops.

“The Minister of Home Affairs did not legalise looting in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi,” he said.

“Hundreds of residents have queued up outside the airport, because they are traumatized so they wanted to leave Palu,” said Sutopo.

The new flight schedule will only be one flight a day, between Palu and Makassar, on an aircraft which seats 70 people. Departures will approximately be at 7-9 am

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