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Surveying the Damage: Scenes From the Indonesia Tsunami

Desperate search and rescue efforts were underway on Monday in the wake of a devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and unleashed a 20-foot tsunami.

When New York Times photographer Adam Dean arrived at the scene, fuel, electricity and food were in short supply after the twin natural disasters on Friday. More than 800 people have died, and thousands more are feared dead. Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless and several areas remain cut off from any assistance.

Thousands of buildings in the city of Palu were destroyed, including several mosques, the eight-story Roa Roa Hotel and a shopping mall. The tsunami also pounded the nearby fishing community of Donggala.

Officials in Palu, where bodies covered in tarps lined the streets, said they were digging a mass grave for at least 300 of the dead.

Here are images by Mr. Dean and others of the quake and tsunami aftermath.

Source: NYT > World

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