Incredible drone pictures have shown the full extent of the devastating Indonesian earthquake which has destroyed buildings and killed more than 1,200 people.
Hundreds of people are trapped in mud and 1,700 homes have been swallowed up on the island of Sulawesi after the magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck on Friday, triggering a tsunami.
Huge mass graves are being dug in an desperate attempt to stop disease from spreading, with one grave measuring 10 by 100 metres.
Survivors have been forced to comb through body bags in an attempt to identify their missing family members.
Pictures captured by a drone show a huge ship stranded ashore after being thrown inland by the tsunami, a mosque totally destroyed and cars left lodged in buildings by powerful waves sparked by the massive tremor.
A ship is seen stranded on the shore after being thrown inland when the earthquake and tsunami hit Wani, Donggala, Central Sulawesi
Pictures captured by a drone show a totally destroyed mosque (pictured) and entire towns washed away by powerful waves sparked by the massive tremor
A man takes a photo of a car left jammed in the side of a building following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia
A man hugs his daughter in an emotional reunion after both survived the disaster. Relatives are continuing their desperate search for missing family members
Many flights in and out of Palu airport have been cancelled due to hundreds of people blocking the runway, begging to flee the island.
Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation chief Willem Rampangilei told the ABC bodies must be buried as soon as possible for ‘health and religious reasons’.
A 38-year-old man was pulled out alive from the ruins three days after the deadly quake.
Sapri Nusin was conscious and speaking to his rescuers as he was saved by National Search and Rescue Agency workers from a destroyed finance building, footage captured by Indonesian television stations showed.
A 25-year-old woman was found alive on Sunday morning in the rubble of the Roa-Roa Hotel.
Australia stands ready to help Indonesia during the aftermath of the ‘horrific’ earthquake and tsunami.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said if there is a request to help Australia will step in.
‘This is just a terrible tragedy,’ he said this week.
‘I think it’s important that all of our empathy and our thoughts are with them in what must be a most horrific time.’
The death toll is expected to rise as connections to outlying areas are restored.
‘I’ve been in direct contact with President (Joko) Widodo about this. Australia stands ready to assist as is needed,’ Mr Morrison said.
People scrambled onto rooftops of nearby buildings in order to avoid the rising waters of the tsunami
Buildings including this mosque in Palu collapsed after the earthqyake struck on Friday
A local is pictured trawling through the rubbish and debris in Palu in an attempt to recover some of his lost possessions
Roads and bridges including the Jembatan Embpat bridge (pictured) were destroyed in the quake and tsunami
Survivors walk among strewn vehicles and debris near a shopping centre in Palu that was destroyed
This large fishing boat was upturned and swept ashore during the tsunami, as survivors inspect the damage
‘I think as a good friend of Indonesia, it’s important that all Australians I think continue to show their strong empathy and support, which President Widodo indicated to me very clearly they are very grateful for.’
Mr Morrison said there has been no request for help so far, but Australia is preparing contingencies in case help is needed.
Terrifying footage, filmed from the metal roof of a house, showed large buildings and electricity pylons ripped from their foundations due to ‘liquefaction’.
Liquefaction is a phenomenon in which the strength of soil is reduced by an earthquake, causing it to flow like liquid.
A mass grave for more than a thousand earthquake and tsunami victims has been prepared in Indonesia as a desperate hunt for survivors continued today
Officials could be seen hauling body bags into the 330ft-long tomb in Palu after the city on the island of Sulawesi was devastated by 20ft waves and tremors so powerful they turned the ground to liquid
Around midday, teams of workers, their mouths covered by masks, carried 18 bagged bodies and laid them in a trench. Mechanical earth-movers waited to push soil on top of the bodies. More burials are expected to follow
Fiitafe captured using a drone shows the extent of the damage on Petobo Village (pictured) in Palu
Residents of Petobo walk through the mud to inspect the damage to their homes after the devastating disaster
A sand sculpture asking for help for the victims of the tsunami was created at Bay of Bengal Sea’s eastern coast beach at Puri
Debris and a pink children’s toy car is seen at Talise beach after the earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia
Specialist crews attempt to pull dead bodies from the floodwaters after the tsunami struck Indonesia
Residents queue up in desperate need of fuel at a service station after power supplies and other essential services were knocked out
Essential supplies are loaded onto an Indonesian air force transport plane before they are taken to Palu
A 25-year-old woman was found alive Sunday evening in the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency, which released photos of the her lying on a stretcher covered in a blanket
Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Looters took the opportunity to raid a shopping mall badly damaged by the massive earthquake. A man in a Christmas hat his pictured carrying a huge stolen television on the back of a motorbike
Devastation: Pictures capture the scale of the damage caused by the disaster. Officials have yet to reach some badly affected areas
The tsunami swept down a bay before crashing into the city of Palu, crushing everything in its path after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday
Earthquake and tsunami victims look for goods to use in a warehouse in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Houses and vehicles damaged by earthquake and tsunami are seen on Talise beach area, Palu, Central Sulawesi
The terrifying moment families run for their lives in Indonesia as tsunami and quakes turn the ground to LIQUID
The surface of tsunami-destroyed Palu City in Indonesia has turned to mush, with the death toll from Friday’s natural disaster likely to climb even higher from 1,203.
Houses and buildings have moved, sunken or collapsed as a result of the ‘liquefaction’ of the ground and there are more people still suspected to be trapped.
This natural phenomenon occurs during an earthquake when tremors shake normally compact layers of sand and soil into a deadly ‘soup’ that can create an effect similar to a sink hole.
In a video shared to Twitter on Sunday, families stood watch as buildings around them crumbled and the earth slid beneath their feet.
Houses and buildings have moved, sunken or collapsed as a result of the ‘liquefaction’ of the ground and there are more people still suspected to be trapped
The short clip was uploaded by Indonesian official Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who wrote, ‘houses moved and collapsed were caused by the liquefaction process and collapsed due to the 7.4 SR earthquake in Palu City.
‘The ground surface moves and sinks so that all buildings are destroyed. The geological process is very terrible. It is estimated that victims are trapped in this area.’
Loud rumbling and crashing could be heard in the footage as a distressed family, including a baby, fled from nearby crumbling buildings.
The panicked group were forced to watched as a large shed-like structure fell to the ground before sliding across it towards them.
There were scenes of chaos as people scurried to reach safe ground – an impossible task given the dangerous sinking mud.
Fears have been mounting for the the fishing town of Donggala, which was closer to the epicentre of the quake, because rescuers have not been able to reach it.
The town of Mamuju was also severely affected but currently impossible to access due to damaged roads and disrupted telecommunications.
Some remote areas feared wiped out by the disaster have yet to be contacted, medicines are running out and rescuers, who have reported hearing screams from under building wreckage, are struggling with a shortage of heavy equipment.
In response, President Joko Widodo opened the door to the dozens of international aid agencies and NGOs who are lined up to provide life-saving assistance.
Britain will send a team of five aid workers to Sulawesi along with £2 million of support to help the thousands left homeless, the Department for International Development (DfID) confirmed.
Overhead images show the scale of the devastation around the city of Palu in central Sulawesi after it was smashed by a tsunami
A soldier holds an infant rescued after the earthquake and tsunami as he waits for a military aircraft at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu on Sunday
The twisted remains of a truck and cars can be seen lodged against a tree along the coast at Lolik beach near Palu
Roads were left in crumpled ruins by the power of the earthquake on Friday. This was the scene in Palu this week
Overhead shots taken by a drone show how communities were simply swept away during the tsunami after it struck on Friday
Huge crowds of people have gathered at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu in the hope of being evacuated on military planes
Cars were left in ruins after the tsunami crushed everything in its path on Friday. This was the scene at a garage in Talise Beach
The ground was turned to mush after the quake shook the area’s water-filled soil on Friday. This picture shows how the earth was churned up
Indonesians wait in line in the hope of being evacuated on military planes at an airport in Palu
A ship is seen stranded on the shore after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area in Wani, Donggala, Central Sulawesi