Tree days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and 3-meter-high (10 foot) waves crashed onto the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the provincial capital of Palu, a city of 350,000, is in ruins.
Dead bodies covered by tarps lie in the city’s streets, exposed to Indonesia’s blistering heat, as rescuers search rubble for survivors buried in crumpled buildings.
Authorities planned to bury some of the 832 people confirmed dead in mass graves Monday to prevent the spread of disease, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo told Indonesian state media.
An estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the disaster, Indonesian Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Hundreds were badly injured and at least 17,000 people left homeless.