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Indonesia earthquake and tsunami death toll surpasses 830

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)Three 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, lies in ruins.

Dead bodies covered by tarps lined the city's streets over the weekend, exposed to Indonesia's blistering heat, as rescuers searched rubble for survivors buried in crumpled buildings.
Authorities will 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 were left homeless.
    The region has been essentially cut off from the outside world due to damaged roads and infrastructure, and cuts to electricity and communication, hampering rescue efforts.
    Aid has been slow to trickle in, delayed by severe damage to Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu, which was closed for 24 hours after the tsunami but which has since reopened to limited flights.
    Priority will be given to evacuating survivors and allowing aid workers to bring in food and fresh water, said Indonesia President Joko Widodo who visited the disaster site on Sunday.
    Images showed crowds of residents at the airport, awaiting to board Hercules flights out of the area.
    Conditions in the devastated city are grim.
    Two days after the quake, as they waited for aid, survivors took matters into their own hands and entered shops, wheeling away trolleys filled with food and water.
    "I don't think we've quite seen the worst of things yet," said Jan Gelfand, who heads the International Red Cross delegation in Indonesia.
    Homes, business and vehicles along the coast were washed away by the violent waves. Uprooted trees and pools of water could be seen throughout the area. Roads and bridges have been washed out, said Gelfand.
    Across the region, first responders continue to dig through the rubble, sometimes by hand, in the hopes of finding survivors who were trapped by the massive quake or the destructive tsunami that followed.
    Workers scrambled Sunday to rescue about 50 people trapped beneath the debris of the Roa Roa hotel.
     
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