Humanitarian Aid and Food in Indonesia for Earthquake Victims

mosque-earthquakeThe humanitarian aid and food for the victims of the earthquake that affected Sumatra is ready for its distribution, said today the Indonesian minister of Social Services, Salim Segaf Al Sufri.

A team of specialists is in charge of the assessment of the situation and the victims of the affected areas and distributing the aid depending on the needs, said the minister to Antara News agency.

The authorities will distribute rice, instant noodles, sugar, chili and tomato sauce, oil, canned fish, clothes, footwear, cleaning supplies and tents, said Al Sufri.

Today, the toll of fatalities caused by the earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale that affected Sumatra 24 hours ago, raised to 30.

The spokesman of the Agency for Disaster Management, Sutopo Purwo, reported that at least 12 people are still missing.

In the meantime, emergency rescue teams continue their labor in Bener Meriah and Central Aceh districts despite the current damages of roads, electric infrastructure and telecommunications.

Most of the fatal victims are children and elderly people while the 275 injured people receive treatments at hospitals of the area, said Purwo.

He also said that the earthquake damaged 3,000 houses and from them 1,300 are totally destroyed, for that reason the government has created 35 provisional shelters for the victims.

The earthquake, located at a depth of 10 kilometer, spread panic among the population of Aceh, where in 2004 a powerful earthquake caused a tsunami that killed more than 226,000 people in coastal nations of the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia is located at the so-called Pacific Ocean’s Ring of the Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity where an average of 7,000 earth tremors are recorded yearly.[]

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