AP Photos: Indonesia copes with humanitarian crisis

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck central Indonesia's Sulawesi island, residents and rescuers are still trying to cope with the humanitarian crisis.

The official death toll increased Wednesday to 1,407, with thousands injured and more than 70,000 displaced from their homes.

Aid was slowly making its way into areas devastated by the disasters. One neighborhood's residents clapped, cheered and high-fived in their excitement at seeing a stopped truck laden with supplies.

The U.N. humanitarian office said "needs are vast," with people urgently requiring shelter, clean water, food, fuel and emergency medical care.


This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Wally Santana in Bangkok.