Latest: Man pulled alive from rubble three days after Indonesian earthquake and tsunami

Latest: Rescuers in Indonesia have pulled a 38-year-old man out alive from beneath a collapsed building three days after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the city of Palu.

Indonesian TV stations showed video from the National Search and Rescue Agency of its workers freeing Sapri Nusin from the rubble of a destroyed finance building.

He was conscious and talking to his rescuers as they worked by flashlight.

After freeing him they put him on a stretcher and carried him away.

There was no immediate word on his condition.

More than 840 people have been confirmed dead in the disaster and that number is expected to rise as search teams continue their work and reach more remote areas.

Dramatic drone footage captures the devastation of the 7.5-magnitude earthquake.

Earlier: Red Cross reports 'nightmarish' scenes after Indonesia quake and tsunami

The Indonesian Red Cross rescue teams have spoken of terrified survivors huddled in a devastated city rocked by aftershocks, and of entire houses being sucked into the ground, as the full scale of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami disaster begins to emerge.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said the death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the island of Sulawesi has increased slightly to 844, with another 50,000 people having been displaced by the disaster.

People carry items they saved from the rubble (Rifki/AP)

Red Cross volunteers have also reported incidents of “liquefaction” where saturated soil has turned liquid and swallowed whole houses.

More than 175 volunteers and staff from the Indonesian Red Cross are currently on the ground providing assistance.

Jan Gelfand, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Country Cluster Support office in Jakarta, said: “The situation in the affected areas is nightmarish. The city of Palu has been devastated and the first reports out of Donggala indicate that it has also been hit extremely hard by the double disaster.

Red Cross and other teams are working round the clock but the biggest challenge at the moment is getting access to all communities, and then bringing large quantities of vital relief supplies into the disaster zone.

"Transport links, power and communications are still down.”

The Red Cross is now appealing for 22 million Swiss francs to respond to this growing emergency. This appeal, which builds on an appeal launched in the aftermath of the Lombok earthquakes, aims to support a total of 160,000 people across the two disaster zones for 20 months.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent also released 750,000 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund on Sunday to support the Indonesian Red Cross operation.

According to Pat Carey, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross: “The humanitarian situation in towns closer to the epicentre of the quake is a major concern. Food, safe drinking water, emergency shelter and medical care are expected to be the most urgent needs of the affected population”.

This afternoon the Irish Red Cross launched an emergency fundraising appeal to support the Red Cross response to this disaster. Donations to the Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami Appeal can be made here or by calling 1850 50 70 70.

Earlier: Mass burials begin as Indonesia quake and tsunami death toll exceeds 840

Mass burials are starting to take place in Indonesia, after Friday's huge earthquake and tsunami.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said the death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the island of Sulawesi has increased slightly to 844, with another 50,000 people having been displaced by the disaster.

It is also feared there could be an outbreak of disease because of unattended bodies.

Rescue efforts are continuing to reach those still missing.

Most of the dead were from the city of Palu, but much is still unknown about other coastal towns that have yet to be properly assessed due to impassable roads, downed power lines and phone outages.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had increased by 12 from a day earlier.

The 7.5 magnitude quake struck on Friday, creating a tsunami that swept waves ashore as high as 20ft in some places.

Many buildings collapsed and rescuers are still working to free survivors.

PA & Digital Desk

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