There was a desperate need for heavy equipment to reach possible survivors in collapsed buildings, including an eight-story hotel in Palu where voices were heard in the rubble.
"It's not looting, they're hungry", Police General Tito Karnavian told Detik News. I've been waiting for two days.
The death toll is likely to rise even further, as victims have not been tallied from two housing complexes outside Palu city which were "swept away and swallowed by mud", according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation but there are small pockets of religious minorities, including Christians, across the archipelago of 260 million people.
According to government estimates up to 700 people may have been killed there alone, with numerous 1,747 homes destroyed.
In the next four hours, according to team leader Yoni [just the one name], his team found three more dead bodies.
Ms Rini also added that Pertamina has supplied 16,000 litres of fuel to three gas stations that were not destroyed by the quake and subsequent tsunami and will continue to distribute it to overcome fuel shortage.
Mia, 40, was at the Ramayana shopping mall in Palu with her daughters when the ground started shaking.
She gave her name to an Air Force official standing amid the crowd, waving her identity card at him. They made it out alive, but not all were so lucky.
Another woman was trapped in the rubble and mud for almost 48 hours before finally being rescued.
About 50 people were believed to have been caught inside the hotel when it was brought down by the 7.5 magnitude natural disaster on Friday.
Some 50,000 people are known to have lost their homes.
Some survivors clambered through detritus hunting for anything salvageable, some crowded around daisy-chained power strips at the few buildings that still have power, others queued for water, cash or petrol being brought in via armed police convoy. The man had been in the region for a paragliding competition.
But many people are still looking for missing loved ones.
Indonesia has asked for global assistance from governments and aid agencies to deal with the humanitarian crisis.
President Joko Widodo has welcomed offers of worldwide help.
Hundreds more were feared buried in landslides that engulfed villages in surrounding areas.
Here is a view inside the damaged Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri Airport in Palu. The organisation said Palu has been devastated and it is only now getting access to Donggala, an area on the coast to the north of Palu.
Indonesia, which sits on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, is all too familiar with deadly earthquakes and tsunamis.
Indonesian red cross team carry the body of a tsunami victim following a massive natural disaster and tsunami at Talise beach in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. "We will see in the coming days how best we can meet the expectation", he told VOA.
Priority will be given to evacuating survivors and allowing aid workers to bring in food and fresh water, said Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who visited the disaster site on Sunday.
The European Union pledged an initial $1.7 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Central Sulawesi, which came prior to Jokowi's call for global support. The European Union and 10 countries have offered assistance, including the United States, Australia and China, he said.
Bambang Soesatyo, speaker of the People's Representative Council and a member of Golkar Party, told reporters Sunday the government needs to increase the scale of relief operations in the affected area.
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