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Aid flows in as Sumatra buries earthquake victims JAKARTA - Dozens of victims of the twin earthquakes in western Sumatra were buried on Wednesday as aid flowed in for thousands of displaced when their homes were flattened during the quakes. Disaster management told that 72 people were killed in these quakes, which were also felt in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Many had to spend a night in the open, frightened of another earthquake.

Many complained about the slow progress of aid being brought to the area and others said they were to scared to return to their homes. "I need to rebuild my house. It was totally destroyed. I have not heard from the government if they will help," said Jon Asril, a farmer, his mothers body wrapped in a white cloth being lowered into a grave.

Mayor of Solok, Syamsu Rahim, said the government will send instant noodles, rice, blankets and drinking water. He added that the earthquakes left around 2,000 people homeless in this town alone. "The main problem now is food supply. The government has not sent any food. We have to make do with whatever we have," Rajudin Suwar, a 64-year-old who was one of 30 people in a fully packed makeshift tent in Solok. "The government has told us we cannot go back to our homes because of the fear of aftershocks."

Dozens of injured people, most of them with cuts and broken bones, were treated in medical centers set up quickly after the earthquakes. Rescue workers have used heavy equipment to clear debris and government officials said they didn't expect to find more casualties anymore. Rescuers amputated an arm from a man who was trapped under rubble for hours, but he later bled to death.

"We are still helping the victims today and are continuing field operations to work on the ruins of houses," said Rahim, adding that the earthquake was the worst in 80 years to ht the area. It damaged around 30 schools and several government buildings. "We are still telling people to continue to be alert and not believe every rumor ... so that they can start getting back to normal activities."


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Posted in Earthquake @ 08 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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