The confirmed death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island neared 2,000 on Monday, but thousands more remained unaccounted for and officials have said search teams planned to stop looking for victims later this week.

A rescue worker stands near a collapsed house during a search for earthquake victims in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Rescue workers walk past the dome of a mosque that collapsed during the Sept. 28 earthquake in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Aid has begun pouring into central Indonesia’s Sulawesi island and humanitarian workers are fanning out across its countryside, more than a week after parts of the island were devastated by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The official toll hit 1,948, mostly in the hard-hit city of Palu, said Jamaluddin, an official from the disaster task force who uses one name.

A rescue worker moves away as a heavy machine removes a car during a search for earthquake victims in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Rescuers take a break at a damaged house during a search for earthquake victims in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

But disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a day earlier that many victims could still be buried in deep mud in areas where the Sept. 28 quake caused loose, wet soil to liquefy and swallow entire neighborhoods.

Source: The Associated Press

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