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Deadly earthquake and tsunami kill hundreds in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Indonesia scrambled on Monday to get help into quake-hit Sulawesi island as survivors streamed away from their ruined homes and accounts of devastation filtered out of remote areas, including the death of 34 children at a Christian camp.

The confirmed death toll of 844 was certain to rise as rescuers reached devastated outlying communities hit on Friday by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet).

Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the small city of Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta. Hundreds more were feared buried in landslides that engulfed villages.

Of particular concern is Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicentre of the quake, and two other districts, where communication had been cut off.

The four districts have a combined population of about 1.4 million. (Reuters)

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An aerial view of an area devestated by an earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Oct. 1, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/ Hafidz Mubarak A/ Reuters)


A bridge lies destroyed after being hit by a tsunami, on Oct. 1, 2018 in Palu, Indonesia. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)


The receded floodwater lines mark the living room wall of the damaged house following a massive earthquake and tsunami at Talise beach in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Oct. 1, 2018. (Photo: Tatan Syuflana/AP)


A man takes a photo of a car lifted into the air with his mobile phone following a massive earthquake and tsunami at Talise beach in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Oct. 1, 2018. (Photo: Tatan Syuflana/AP)


People survey the damage of a shopping mall following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Sept. 30, 2018. (Photo: Tatan Syuflana/AP)


A woman walks through a devastated area in Palu, Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi on Oct. 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on Sept. 28. (Photo: Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)


Residents carry their belongings after an earthquake hit at Balaroa sub-district in Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia on October 1, 2018. (Photo: Beawiharta/Reuters)


Cars are trapped in sinking ground after an earthquake hit at Balaroa sub-district in Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia on Oct.1, 2018. The sign reads “We have a party”. (Photo: Beawiharta/Reuters)


Rescuers evacuate an earthquake survivor by a damaged house following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Rescuers were scrambling Sunday to try to find trapped victims in collapsed buildings where voices could be heard screaming for help after a massive earthquake in Indonesia spawned a deadly tsunami two days ago. (Photo: Arimacs Wilander/AP)


People survey the shopping mall damage following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. A tsunami swept away buildings and killed hundreds on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. (Photo: Tatan Syuflana/AP)


Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Rescuers were scrambling Sunday to try to find trapped victims in collapsed buildings where voices could be heard screaming for help after a massive earthquake in Indonesia spawned a deadly tsunami two days ago. (Photo: Tatan Syuflana/AP)


A man looks for his belongings amid the debris of his destroyed house in Palu in Central Sulawesi on Sept. 29, 2018, after a strong earthquake and tsunami struck the area. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)


An Indonesian man hugs his daughter who survived the earthquakes and tsunami as they reunite at an open air camp in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Mast Irham/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Indonesian residents cary the body of an earthquake and tsunami victim at a devastated area in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Olagondronk/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


A general view of tsunami devastated area in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 29 September 2018. According to reports, at least 384 people have died as a result of a series of powerful earthquakes that hit central Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami. (Photo: WILANDER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


The ruin of a mosque badly damaged by earthquake and tsunami is seen in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Rifki/AP)


An injured woman rests at a makeshift hospital after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Rifki/AFP/Getty Images)


Residents stand in front of a damaged shopping mall after an earthquake hit Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/Rolex Malaha via Reuters)



Indonesian survivors check the body of earthquake and tsunami victims as they look for their relatives at a police hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Olagondronk/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


A woman cries as people look at the damages after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Rifki/AFP/Getty Images)


People view the damage to a beach hit by a tsunami in Palu in Central Sulawesi on Sept. 29, 2018, after a strong earthquake and tsunami struck the area. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)


A man carries the body of a child who was killed in the tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Rifki/AP)


People walk along a beach that was hit by a tsunami in Palu in Central Sulawesi on Sept. 29, 2018, after a strong earthquake and tsunami struck the area. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)


People walk along a beach that was hit by a tsunami in Palu in Central Sulawesi on Sept. 29, 2018, after a strong earthquake and tsunami struck the area. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)


Dead bodies as seen at a street after earthquake hit in Palu, Indonesia on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)


Residents trying to salvage belongings from their homes which collapsed after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Rifki/AFP/Getty Images)


Indonesian soldiers load emergency supplies into a Hercules military plane before heading to Palu at Halim Perdanakusuma military base in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja via Reuters)


Residents make their way along a street full of debris after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Rifki/AFP/Getty Images)


Earthquake survivors rest on beds outside a hospital in Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/Rolex Malaha via Reuters)


The ruins of cars as seen after tsunami hit in Palu, Indonesia on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)


Indonesian men check the body of earthquake and tsunami victims as they look for their relatives at a police hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Mast Irham/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Rifki/AFP/Getty Images)


An Indonesian earthquake survivor gets medical treatment outside a military hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo: Mast Irham/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


A shopping center heavily damaged following an earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Sept. 28, 2018 in this handout photo. (Photo: Antara Foto/BNBP/ via Reuters)