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Several buildings in Bali damaged following quake

12 October 2018

Indonesia Thursday called off the grim search for those killed in a quake-tsunami, with no hope of retrieving around 5,000 bodies believed to be still buried under the ruins almost two weeks after the disaster.

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A photo released early Thursday by Indonesia's accident mitigation agency BNPB, shows damage in East Java's Sumenep district.

"I felt the quake for at least 30 seconds and I panicked".

Bali is now hosting the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group with over 19,000 delegates and guests in attendance.

"Many summit participants woke up and asked questions, but we immediately sent out information to them that there had been an natural disaster and the impact in Nusa Dua", he told AFP.

More than 67,000 homes were desroyed or damaged in the worst-hit city of Palu, 1,500km northeast of the capital Jakarta, displacing 82,000 people.

"Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time", said a woman named Davy who took refuge in the parking lot of a Bali hotel.

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's geophysics agency, told AFP.

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Some guests at a hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main global airport, briefly fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

Ni Komang Sudiani, a mother of two, told AFP: "The quake was very big".

"All my neighbours were also running".

But authorities fear 5,000 more could be buried beneath the ruined city, where entire villages were swallowed.

Indonesia's search for victims buried in neighborhoods annihilated by an quake and tsunami is nearing its end nearly two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city of Palu in central Sulawesi.

In 2004, a quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

The decision to end the search has angered some relatives of the missing but taxi driver Rudy Rahman, 40, said he had to accept it.

A few foreign aid workers have been in the disaster zone, including a team from the group Pompiers Humanitaires Francais that searched for survivors, but they have spoken of difficulties in getting entry permits and authorization.

"In other areas, the quake was felt to be moderate", reported Time.

Several buildings in Bali damaged following quake