efe-epaPalu, Indonesia

Food and fuel shortage were marked as priority concerns by Indonesian authorities on Monday as rescuers continued to hunt for survivors in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that killed 832 people in Sulawesi island.

Hundreds of people, screaming for food, jostled outside the Itudulaka military command 132, in the center of the provincial capital Palu on Monday.

Hotelier Rachmat Lapoa told EFE that they required more volunteers, more supplies of water and rice that could be distributed at different points in the town, instead of in one place.

Fuel shortage was affecting power generators, which were currently the only source of electricity in the city and were also being used for emergency communication.

Palu coast, the provincial capital of Central Sulawesi where 821 people have been killed, was hit with waves up to three meters high initially.

On Monday, rescue workers found around nine bodies from under the debris of a building at the Talise beach.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho had earlier said that on Monday they will begin mass burials of victims on the outskirts of Palu.

The catastrophe has left 540 injured and 16,732 displaced in Palu whereas in the Donggala municipality, the number of victims are yet to be determined.

While rescue workers work round the clock to find survivors, technical teams have been busy trying to restore basic services and power supply.

Palu Airport resumed commercial flights Sunday, although authorities warned that priority would be given to humanitarian aid arriving in military aircraft and helicopters.