Indonesia plans to halt the search this week for victims of an earthquake and tsunami that have left more than 2,000 dead and thousands feared missing.

In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, a man carries belongings from his toppled house in the Balarola neighborhood of Palu city where a massive earthquake caused the soil to loosen like a liquid, swallowing some homes whole and collapsing others into piles of rubble in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, Musrifah breaks into tears as she visits the area where her house used to stand before a massive earthquake and tsunami hit their seaside village in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Authorities will hold prayers Thursday to mark the end of the search effort in neighborhoods of Sulawesi island’s Palu city where the quake caused loose soil to swallow houses and bury residents.

In this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, a family scavenges for salvageable items from the ruins of their house at Petobo neighborhood which was wiped out by liquefaction caused by a massive earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
In this Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, men survey the damage at the devastated village of Balaroa as the sun sets in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

The announcement was made Tuesday as the death toll from the Sept. 28 disasters officially climbed past 2,000.

In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, men chat on top of the rubble at Petobo neighborhood, which was wiped out by the earthquake-triggered tsunami, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia,. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, earthquake survivors carry relief goods delivered by an Indonesian Army helicopter in Poroo, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, a woman uses her mobile phone as she visits Petobo neighborhood which was wiped out by earthquake-triggered liquefaction in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

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In this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, men survey the damage in the Petobo neighborhood which was wiped out by liquefaction during a massive earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, rescuers take a break at a damaged house during a search for earthquake victims in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Source: The Associated Press

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