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In pictures: Devastation and despair after quake-tsunami hits Indonesian island

Foto/Muhammad Adimaja/via REUTERS

A devastating quake-tsunami on Friday struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, leaving hundreds – and perhaps even thousands dead, many more injured and flattening both homes and buildings.

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Muhammad Rifki, AFP | Authorities still don't know the full extent of the devastation caused by Friday's earthquake and tsunami. Rescue workers have not yet been able to reach at least three other affected areas

Antara Foto/BNPB via REUTERS | Friday’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered waves as high as six metres, wiping out both homes and buildings.

Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja via REUTERS | The disaster caused severe damage to main infrastructure such as ports, quays and bridges.

Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja via REUTERS | Authorities on Sunday announced it would start mass burials in order to avoid the spread of disease.

Bay Ismoyo, AFP | While survivors scramble to find their belongings in the rubble, there have also been reports of sporadic looting as people are growing desperate for food, clean water and fuel.

REUTERS | The official death toll has so far climbed to 832, but authorities fear it will become much higher, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla saying it could even rise into the thousands

Muhammad Rifki, AFP | More than 16,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by the disaster.

Muhammad Rifki, AFP | As survivors desperately search for their loved ones, many have received devastating news.

Adek Berry, AFP | The initial quake struck as evening prayers were about to begin in the world’s largest Muslim majority country on the holiest day of the week.

Ola Gondronk, AFP | An alarm system set up after the 2004 tsunami that killed 13,000 people in 13 countries appeared to have failed on Friday. The meteorological and geophysics agency BMKG issued a tsunami warning after the quake but lifted it 34 minutes later, drawing criticism it had been too hasty. But officials estimate the waves had hit while the warning was still in force.

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