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.

In this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, residents take a bath surrounded by toppled homes and structures at the earthquake and tsunami-hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

The official death toll from the twin disasters stood at 1,649, but officials said the toll will climb as recovery efforts continue in obliterated neighborhoods.

In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, rescuers stand beside a toppled mosque as recovery efforts continue in the earthquake-hit Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
In this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, a man is silhouetted as he scavenges for usable items at a tsunami-ravaged area in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Images showed the military dropping supplies from helicopters in places and a large Red Cross ship docked at a port in the region. In the dusty one-road village of Pewunu, excited children shouted “Red Cross! Red Cross!” as one of the aid group’s medical teams arrived.

In this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, a man stands at a mosque surrounded by water from the massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, a man stands under an umbrella at a neighborhood ravaged by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirts of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

The quake and tsunami hit Sept. 28.

In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, photo, a man carries gas and other items he recovered from toppled homes at the earthquake-hit Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, a volunteer hands over face masks to rescuers as recovery efforts continue at the earthquake-hit Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

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In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, a villager stands amidst destruction caused by an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Indonesian and Japanese military personnel unload relief aid from a Japan Air Force cargo plane at the Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

Source: The Associated Press

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