Economic activities resumed just two days after a devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Sept. 28.
Merchants at Masomba Market in the heart of the provincial capital started selling whatever stock they had left, while hoping for a return to normalcy.
Tanti, 40, one of the sellers at the market, told the Jakarta Globe on Saturday that mineral water and sugar were among the commodities that were still out of stock.
Electricity, fuel and food in the worst-affected areas – Palu and Donggala – were limited until Monday this week, when the government announced that the power and fuel supplies had been restored.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered all related government institutions to work together to eliminate shortages of basic goods as soon as possible.