Indonesia quake, tsunami death toll passes 1,300

The death toll from last week's earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has climbed to 1,347, officials say.

A 7.5 magnitude quake struck on Friday, before the coastal town of Palu was hit by a tsunami.

The search for basic food items and drinkable water has become desperate for many, with police guarding shops to prevent looting.

It also means humanitarian envoys are entering the area under police guard.

The UN estimates some 200,000 people are in need of assistance in the area, with blocked roads and failing telecommunications making the aid effort difficult.

There are fears the death toll will continue to rise, with many more people believed to still be trapped under rubble as rescuers continue to search for survivors.

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