The search for life under the rubble of an earthquake-ravaged part of Indonesia is over.

Rescue workers will focus, instead, on bringing aid to survivors in the towns and hills of western Indonesia, despite being hampered by torrential rains.

The death toll from Wednesday's 7.6-magnitude temblor on Sumatra island is expected to be in the thousands once the missing people are declared dead. The U.N. has said 1,100 people died, while the government puts the toll at 603.

The undersea quake devastated 10 districts in the Western Sumatra province including the capital, Padang, a city of 900,000 people where scores of tall buildings, including hotels, a mall, mosques and schools collapsed.

Little aid has reached remote communities.

Heavy rain since last night triggered another landslide today but no casualties have been reported.