>> A final search for victims under the rubble in Indonesia on Friday as officials get ready to wrap up the rescue operation. The massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi in September has taken at least 2,000 lives, with thousands more still missing. Reuters Kanupriya Kapoor says, unlike other recent disasters in Indonesia, the government's response this time around has many demanding answers
>> Earlier this year, we had an earthquake, series of earthquakes in Lombok where within the first 48 hours power had been restored, communications had been restored. And that meant that communities and authorities were able to work together to overcome challenges in the immediate aftermath. Whereas here in Sulaweis, it took at least four to five days to restore power and basic supplies like fuel and water.
And that drove a lot of people to desperation and we did see some ransacking of fuel stations and shops.>> Officials say that thanks to what's called soil liquefaction, the Sulawesi disaster was hard to prepare for. Liquefaction happens when tremors turn the ground into a deadly muddy mess.
>> We saw entire neighborhoods with potentially thousands of residents that were just swallowed up by the earth.>> Indonesia straddles the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. The country has an early warning system set up after a deadly tsunami swept through in 2004.
But thanks to neglect or vandalism, it hasn't been working for six years. Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency is now calling for change. It wants more public education and drills and is also asking for more money. Indonesia sets aside only 0.002% of the state budget for disaster response. Meanwhile, residents are slowly picking up the pieces, a show of resilience in the face of chaos.
One survivor, summing things up, saying the disaster has not destroyed him.