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Shocking Photos From Indonesian Earthquake/Tsunami That Killed Over 1,200

The death toll from an earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of the island of Sulawesi has risen to 1,203 with the total number expected to climb higher still.

The tsunami, which was triggered after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, ripped through the Pacific Ring of Fire and crashed into the city of Palu at 500mph, causing widespread destruction into the evening on Friday.

Figures collected by the National Police Headquarters put the number killed at 1,203 people.

The death toll is expected to climb even higher.

Search and rescue team have struggled to reach cut-off communities feared wiped out by the disaster.

As many as 200 people are feared buried under the debris of just one residential complex in the Palu, which has also been hit by deadly ‘liquefaction’ of the ground where tremors turn layers of sand and soil in to mush creating a sink hole effect.

Overhead images show the scale of the devastation around the city of Palu in central Sulawesi after it was smashed by a tsunami

Rescue personnel carry the body of an earthquake victim to the compounds of a police hospital in Palu

Relatives look for tsunami and earthquake victims in body bags at a police station, in the aftermath of earthquake in Palu.

Sand is placed over dead bodies of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami during a mass burial at the Poboya Cemetery in Palu, Central Sulawesi. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Photos:

A ship is seen stranded on the shore after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area in Wani, Donggala, Central Sulawesi.
Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja/ via REUTERS

A woman carries her belongings as stranded ferry is seen on the land after being hit by tsunami at Wani village in Donggala regency, Sulawesi island. REUTERS/Beawiharta

A man walks near a truck that was trapped inside sinking ground after an earthquake hit at Balaroa sub-district in Palu, Sulawesi Island, October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Dead bodies are seen in a street after earthquake hit in Palu, Indonesia September 29, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

A man walks on a street after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area in Wani, Donggala, Central Sulawesi, October 1, 2018.
Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja/ via REUTERS

Cars are trapped in sinking ground after an earthquake hit at Balaroa sub-district in Palu, Sulawesi Island, October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Earthquake survivors rest on beds outside a hospital in Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia September 29, 2018. Antara Foto/Rolex Malaha via REUTERS

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