School is back in session, ten days after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Indonesian city of Palu. Authorities calling students back to the classroom on Monday to help clean up and to provide a head count, as they try to figure out how many children survived the disaster and how many are not coming back.
The official death toll stands at around 1,700. But according to officials from two hard-hit areas in the city, 5,000 more may still be missing. Although, Indonesia's disaster relief agency says that figure isn't official yet.>>
>> Experts say liquefaction was the biggest killer when the 7.5 magnitude quake turned the ground into a muddy mire, obliterating several neighborhoods in Palu. As hopes fade for survivors, authorities say they'll call off search and rescue operations on Thursday. Meanwhile, schools are trying to provide much-needed support.>>
>> We're trying to help the children overcome their trauma. We wanna encourage them so they'll want to come back. We actually had some kids show up yesterday simply because they miss school.>> But the empty hallways are also a grim reminder. At one school, fewer than 50 out of nearly 700 students showed up.
The principal said that, so far, only a handful of those missing had been confirmed dead. Many, he said, are struggling with fear and not ready to go back to school just yet.