Indonesia to Stop Searching for Quake Victims on Thursday

PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) -
An aerial view of the destruction caused by an earthquake and liquefaction in the Petabo neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

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.

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 neighborhoods hit by liquefaction, a phenomenon that turns the ground into a roiling quagmire, in the south of city.