The indonesian authorities have ordered that Thursday, the end of the research after the natural disaster and tsunami that left at least 2.073 dead, according to a new balance sheet, in the region of Palu on the island of Celebes, and even if 5,000 people are still missing.
With reports of smell of death still strong in the air, Nugroho said that efforts to retrieve decomposed bodies in deep, soft mud were getting tougher and that some people may have fled or been rescued and evacuated.
"People are traumatized. They don't want to go back" to those places, Nugroho said.
Tourists on bicycles ride past Indonesian marines on patrol near the venue of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali.
'We just came here because the government of Indonesia asked for assistance, ' said Marcus Butler from South African charity Gift of the Givers, which was denied permission to help with the search.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB, wrote on Twitter that several houses were also damaged in the quake that shook Bali and East Java.
The biggest - and most unexpected - killer in Sulawesi was soil liquefaction, a phenomenon where intense tremors cause saturated sand and silt to take on the characteristics of a liquid. It's been too long - the bodies are no longer intact. "At most we can find maybe a skull, or some bone fragments", he said.
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He said the focus now shifts to the reconstruction phase, which could take years.
Almost 88,000 people have been displaced and many are living in crude shelters in the hills around Palu.
Data on the destruction is being compiled and mapping done to help determine where new houses should be built.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves less than 0.3 meter high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighboring Solomon Islands.
Sulawesi is one of Indonesia's five main islands.
It was also only the latest in a string of deadly tsunamis to hit the archipelago in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
They were briefed by the country's top disaster official, Willem Rampangilei, and Central Sulawesi Gov. Longki Djanggola on the damage caused by the September 28 quake, which triggered a tsunami that swept away houses, crumpled cars and beached numerous ships.