INDONESIA'S disaster agency said the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi island has risen to 1,763, with more than 5,000 feared missing.
Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said officials are trying to confirm the number still missing in several villages obliterated when the quake caused loose soil to liquefy, sucking houses into deep mud, and burying occupants.
He provided the updated figure on Sunday, October 7, at a news conference in Jakarta.
The twin disasters struck Palu and surrounding districts in Central Sulawesi province on September 28. (AP)