Volcano Erupts In Tsunami-Ravaged Sulawesi
Time is fast running out for rescuers to find survivors on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Four days after the devastating earthquake hit the city of Palu, Agus, a resident of the Balaroa neighbourhood, still searches for the bodies of his two daughters, aged just three and 13.
"Seeing the ground upside down, I knew my children couldn't survive. The mosque collapsed and went down inside the earth," he told AP.
"I've looking around at refugees camps and also at the place where they were sighted and still no sign of them.
"I was told by one of the cleric assistant that none of the children survived."
There were 29 children inside the mosque for a Koran recital at the time of the quake -- all are believed to be dead.
The force of the 7.5 magnitude quake shifted the building 30 metres from where it originally stood.
Locals desperately searched through the rubble, with voices heard calling for help for two days, before it went silent.
It is a story told many times throughout Balaroa, and residents are angry they have received no government help or supplies.
"Why did the search and rescue agency and others prioritise the search for victims in hotels," Sa'Adon Lawira tearfully told AP reporters.
Lawira cradles the kitten whose cries led him to the body of his grandchild.
The official death toll stands at 1,234, but most these confirmed deaths have been reported in the city centre of Palu.
It is expected to rise as government officials finally make it to remote regions not yet assessed.
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Adding to the woes of the those in the area, the Soputan volcano has erupted 600 kilometres north of the Pula district, with nearby residents warned they may need to evacuate.
There have been no reports of causalities or damage yet, but in a worrying sign for Indonesia, which sits in the 'Pacific Ring of Fire', a second volcano has erupted on the island of Java.
Australia has pledged an $5 million in relief to the stricken country, and will send 50 doctors the affected region.
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