Desperation is visible everywhere in areas heavily damaged by an earthquake and tsunami, four days after the disaster devastated parts of Indonesia’s central Sulawesi island.

People survey the damage following a massive earthquake and tsunami at Talise beach in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Bright-colored body bags were placed side-by-side in a freshly dug mass grave Monday, as a hard-hit Indonesian city began burying its dead from the devastating earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
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, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. A mass burial of earthquake and tsunami victims was being prepared in a hard-hit city Monday as the need for heavy equipment to dig for survivors of the disaster that struck a central Indonesian island three days ago grows desperate. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Signs propped along roads read “We Need Food” and “We Need Support,” while traffic was snarled by people waiting for fuel.

Indonesian rescuers search for missing persons in the ruins of Roa-Roa Hotel following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. A mass burial of earthquake and tsunami victims was being prepared in a hard-hit city Monday as the need for heavy equipment to dig for survivors of the disaster that struck a central Indonesian island three days ago grows desperate. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
This combo of satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show the Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Indonesia, on Aug. 17, 2018, prior to an earthquake, left, and on Oct. 1, 2018, after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area, right. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)

The confirmed death toll of 844 is expected to rise as authorities reach areas that were cut off by the disaster. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk Friday and generated a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.

This Oct. 1, 2018, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Balaroa neighborhood of Palu, Indonesia, after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused heavy damage to the area. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This Aug. 17, 2018, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Balaroa neighborhood of Palu, Indonesia. An earthquake and subsequent tsunami later caused heavy damage to the area. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This photo combo of satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Petobo neighborhood of Palu, Indonesia, on Aug. 17, 2018, prior to an earthquake, left, and on Oct. 1, 2018, after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area, right. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)

Search-and-rescue teams combed destroyed homes and buildings for any trapped survivors, but they needed more heavy equipment to clear the rubble.

This Aug. 17, 2018, satellite photo provided by DigitalGlobe shows a view of the Petobo neighborhood in Palu, Indonesia. The village was later heavily damaged by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This Oct. 1, 2018, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Petobo neighborhood in Palu, Indonesia, after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused substantial damage and liquefaction in the village. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)

Nearly 50,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Palu alone, and hospitals were overwhelmed.

Source: The Associated Press

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