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Quake aid trickles in to West Sumatra as death toll hits 85
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 08 - 03 - 2007


Aid for survivors flowed in today to
survivors of deadly earthquakes in Indonesia's West Sumatra province
as rescue teams helped residents clear debris from collapsed houses
and the death toll reached 85.
West Sumatra's disaster management agency said 85 people were
killed by Tuesday's two quakes, which were also felt in neighboring
Singapore and Malaysia, but hundreds more were injured and thousands spent a night in open fields, frightened that further tremors would hit. The two quakes measured 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.
In Bukit Tinggi district, rescue workers searched for an unknown
number of missing persons buried alive by landslides in Ngarai Sianok
village, officials said.
"We still don't know exactly how many people are still missing in
the landslides," said Djufri, the Bukit Tinggi mayor. "Search
operations are still underway."
In addition to killing at least 85 people, the quakes also left
more than 340 others injured, and destroyed or heavily damaged over
500 homes and other buildings in West Sumatra's seven regencies,
Amran, an official at the disaster management agency, told Deutsche
Presse-Agentur dpa.
-- SPA


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