Aid was trickling into areas crippled by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, with residents in one neighborhood clapping, cheering and high-fiving at the arrival of a supply truck.

A man named Heruwanto said he was happy while clutching a box of instant noodles. “I really haven’t eaten for three days.”

A man carries recovered items from the damaged warehouse from Friday’s tsunami at a neighborhood in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk on Friday, Sept. 28, generating the tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Food, water, fuel and medicine had yet to reach the hardest-hit areas outside Palu, the largest city heavily damaged. Many roads in the earthquake zone are blocked and communications lines are down five days after the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami struck.

Rescuers carry a body bag containing the remains of an earthquake victim through a neighborhood flattened by Friday’s earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Desperation was visible everywhere Tuesday among victims receiving little aid in areas heavily damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami, four days after the disaster devastated parts of Indonesia’s central Sulawesi island. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The official death toll reached 1,234, while scores of uncounted bodies could be buried in collapsed buildings.

A man walks on a heavily damaged street due to the earthquake in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Desperation was visible everywhere Tuesday among victims receiving little aid in areas heavily damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami, four days after the disaster devastated parts of Indonesia’s central Sulawesi island. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The U.N. humanitarian office said people urgently require shelter, clean water, food, fuel and emergency medical care.

Source: The Associated Press

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