Indonesia Calls off Search for Quake Survivors

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After an earthquake left thousands of people dead in Indonesia, authorities have called off the search for life under the rubble.

"The chances of survival while trapped without water and food under the rubble for so long are impossible from now," said Gagah Prakoso, a spokesman for the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency. "So we will speed up our search to find bodies and clean up the ruins with bulldozers."

Once those missing are declared dead, the death toll from Wednesay's 7.6 tremor is expected reach into the thousands.

"With each passing day, the magnitude of the devastation grows," said Mark Fritzler, Save the Children aid group's Indonesia head.

"In addition to the threat of aftershocks, heavy rainfall has challenged our efforts, roads are cut off and we have no power in many areas, but relief workers are reaching families in the hardest hit areas," he said.

Over the weekend, aid workers reached remote areas and found evidence of landslides triggered by the quake. In many places the landslides have blocked roads and destroyed bridges.

One church service provided relief for the people of Padung, heavily damaged by Wednesay's quake.

One elderly survivor told a reporter, "My house is all destroyed, but I still devote myself to going to church - because the only one who can give us happiness is God." 

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