>> Indonesia rushed to get aid and rescue gear into devastated Sulawesi Island on Monday, after it was slammed by twin disasters. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake, and then a fast moving tsunami. More than 800 people have been confirmed dead. Officials fear that number may become thousands. On Monday, crowds of people flooded the small damaged airport in Palu, mostly hoping for a ticket out.
Hundreds of survivors were able to board the planes and leave. Rescuers have been trying to reach outlying areas such as Donggala, that have been cut off or silent since the event. Tens of thousands have been left homeless. Red Cross volunteers say they found the bodies of 34 children missing from a Christian study camp, and there are fears that hundreds were buried on the landslide that swept over villages.
There have also been moments of hope. In Palu overnight, one woman was pulled out alive from the ruins. In the neighborhood where she was found, whole houses were swallowed up when the quake caused soil to liquify. Indonesia has faced intense and deadly earthquakes before. In 2004, a tsunami struck southeast Asia, killing 120,000 people in the country.
Questions are now being asked about why warning systems set up after that disaster, appear to have failed.