832 people are confirmed dead following an earthquake and tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu.

The figure is expected to rise sharply as more remote areas are reached.

The authorities have said they will begin burying victims in mass graves.

Dozens of people are thought to be trapped alive under the rubble.

In Palu, rescuers are awaiting heavy machinery to search the ruins of a hotel and a shopping centre as aftershocks made it unsafe for them to go in.

United States monitors said the 7.5 magnitude quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers just off the central island of Sulawesi on Friday, setting off a tsunami.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s justice ministry is reporting that 1,200 convicts escaped from three different detention facilities in the Sulawesi region following the earthquake and tsunami.