PHOTOS: The aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami which has left more than 830 people dead

BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty ImagesPalu in Central Sulawesi after a strong earthquake and tsunami struck the area, leaving more than 400 people dead.

A tsunami has devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, killing more than 830 people.

Officials expect the death toll to continue to rise as an entire city is yet to make contact.

Rescuers will now work to assess the affected areas which were decimated by a magnitude-7.5 earthquake and then the subsequent wave.

Here’s a look at the state of Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi. Waves reportedly up to six metres high swept through the city.

*Warning: Some images are graphic.

Medical team members help patients outside a hospital


A man looks for his belongings amid the debris of his destroyed house

News Ltd reports as many as 60 people are trapped in the Roa Roa Motel and many more in the eight-storey Tatura Mall.


Cracks are seen on a road in Palu


The quake itself was centred near Donggala, north of Palu, where no official word has yet come through on the fate of some 300,000 people living in the outlying areas.

A collapsed building in Palu


A mass burial was held yesterday due to health concerns. Most of the 61 known foreign residents in Palu have been accounted for and no Australians have yet been reported among the deaths.

People walk along a beach covered in debris


There are reports of looting and nearly 600 inmates at a Palu prison are also on the run after the walls in their jail collapsed.

People search for victims as dead bodies are covered with blue cloth


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the ABC he called Indonesian President Joko Widodo to pledge support.

“We have been in direct contact with President Joko Widodo and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi concerning the situation, passing on the concern and best wishes of the Australian people as well as an offer of support should it be required,” a joint statement from Morrison and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said.

“If he needs our help, he’ll have it,” Morrison later told the ABC.

Residents examine the aftermath


A shortage of heavy equipment is hampering rescue efforts.

“There are many challenges,” Widodo said while visiting Palu yesterday. “We have to do many things soon, but conditions do not allow us to do so.”

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