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Rescues and mass graves: Scenes of devastation in hard-hit Indonesian city

The powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi left heart-wrenching scenes of destruction and human suffering.

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A injured child recovers at a makeshift hospital in Palu on Oct. 3, 2018.

Aid was slowly making its way into areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central Indonesian island, with one neighborhood's residents clapping, cheering and high-fiving in their excitement at seeing a stopped truck laden with supplies.

The devastating earthquake and tsunami killed more than 1200 people and left thousands homeless.

 

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A man sits in the shade of a sheet of a corrugated tin.

The death toll, largely from the city of Palu, is expected to keep rising as areas cut off by the damage are reached. 

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A mother and her son wait to be airlifted out by a military plane at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport.

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Quake survivors scuffle to get live chickens being distributed from a police truck outside a makeshift camp on Oct. 2.

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Indonesian soldiers burying quake victims in a mass grave in Poboya.

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A man takes a photo of a car lifted into the air with his mobile phone at Talise beach in Palu on Oct. 1.

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A satellite image showing the destruction in Palu.

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Elderly residents wait to board an aircraft at the airport in Palu which has re-opened after an earthquake triggered a tsunami in the area.

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A woman walks through a devastated neighborhood.

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A mosque surrounded by rubble and debris.

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A ship stranded on the shore in Wani, Donggala, Central Sulawesi.

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An earthquake victim walks past a collapsed mosque as he salvages items in Palu.

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Motorcyclists pass a boat washed ashore and collapsed buildings in Palu.

Mass graves were being readied for hundreds of victims as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings.

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A survivor searches the debris in Palu.

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk on Sept. 28 and generated a tsunami said to have been as high as 20 feet in places.

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Officials carry body bags into a mass grave ahead of a funeral for quake victims in Palu.

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A rescue team inspect the damage to the Roa-Roa Hotel in Palu.

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People pick through rubble outside a flooded shopping mall on Sept. 30.

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Rescue personnel evacuate earthquake survivor Ida, a food vendor, from the rubble of a collapsed restaurant in Palu.

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An injured man is evacuated onto a military aircraft at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport.

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Rescuers remove a 15-year old earthquake victim Nurul Istikharah from her damaged house in Palu.

Rescuers were scrambling Sunday to try to find trapped victims in collapsed buildings where voices could be heard screaming for help. 

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A bridge damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Palu on Sept. 29.

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A covered body lies near the beach in Palu.

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Residents look for their belongings amid the debris of destroyed homes. 

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