New Zealand providing more aid for quake-hit Indonesia

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Authorities warned survivors against theft in Palu, a city in Indonesia's central Sulawesi province that bore the brunt of the devastation and is still struggling to recover, Agence France-Presse reports. Shops have reopened, a major phone network is back in operation, and a small number of commercial flights are expected to resume flying in and out of the city's wrecked airport.

Officials said more volunteers will fan out across outlying areas cut off by the disasters to distribute aid to survivors.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a briefing in Jakarta that the search will continue for hundreds still missing, including many buried in deep mud and debris from collapsed houses and buildings.

An earthquake-affected child drinks water at a makeshift camp in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 4, 2018, following the September 28 quake and tsunami.

Widodo, who will seek re-election next year, is likely to face criticism if conditions do not improve quickly.

At least 600,000 children have been affected by the quake, Save the Children said, with many sleeping on the streets among ruins.

"I think we can do a lot of good here".

As the sun slipped behind the mountains and a gentle breeze blew onshore, hundreds of people gathered on an Indonesian beach Friday to chant a Muslim prayer - and remember those they lost - one week after a massive natural disaster and tsunami ravaged the area, killing more than 1,500 people.

A man named Heruwanto said he was happy while clutching a box of instant noodles.

Food, water, fuel and medicine had yet to reach the hardest-hit areas outside Palu, the largest city heavily damaged.

"The quake and tsunami cut off many transport routes in this remote area".

"There is always hope", said the group's president Philippe Besson.

The United Nations announced an allocation of $15 million on Wednesday while the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was appealing for 22 million Swiss francs ($22 million).

After initially refusing outside help, Indonesia reluctantly agreed to foreign aid, and 20 planes carrying items including tarpaulins, medical equipment and generators are heading from all over the world to the disaster zone.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency estimated a series of earlier quakes that hit the resort island of Lombok in July and August had caused damages worth 12 trillion rupiah ($790 million) and killed almost 500 people.

A New Zealand Defence Force Hercules aircraft touched down in quake and tsunami ravaged Indonesia last night with 8.2 tonnes of emergency aid.

The central government woulds then create a disaster risk financing instrument, which local governments can draw upon if their budgets are wiped out because of a natural catastrophe, he said.

But for most, daily life has changed beyond all recognition.

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