Indonesia’s disaster agency says the death toll from the Sulawesi island earthquake and tsunami has climbed past 2,000.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Tuesday the toll had climbed to 2,010.

A man watches as heavy machines clear a road from debris at a tsunami-ravaged area in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Central Sulawesi province on Sept. 28, triggering a tsunami and mudslides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands of others. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Nugroho also said the search for thousands of victims feared buried in mud and rubble in the three hardest-hit neighborhoods of Palu city will be halted Thursday, nearly two weeks after the Sept. 28 disaster.

Posters of missing persons are attached on the wall at a temporary shelter for people who are affected by earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Central Sulawesi province on Sept. 28, triggering a tsunami and mudslides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands of others. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

He said authorities will hold prayers to mark the end of the search in the Petobo, Balaroa and Jono Oge areas, where the quake caused loose soil to liquefy, swallowing houses and burying the occupants with them.

A man pauses as he scavenges for salvageable items at a tsunami-ravaged area in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Central Sulawesi province on Sept. 28, triggering a tsunami and mudslides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands of others. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Nugroho said efforts to retrieve bodies won’t continue because of the difficult terrain and advanced state of decomposition that made the bodies unrecognizable and could cause contamination.

Source: The Associated Press

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