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Many still without food and shelter after Sumatra quakes PADANG - Officials on the island of Sumatra asked for patience on Saturday after telling that relief aid for the people left homeless after twin earthquakes had been handed out to people who did not need it. Many people living in remote areas away from cities have complained about upcoming food shortages after Tuesdays twin earthquakes that killed more than 70 people in the area.

"We need vegetables, eggs, fish and potatoes, not only rice, especially for our children," said Asmaniar, a teacher on an elementary school. She was forced to sleep out in the rice fields with 39 relatives after their homes were all destroyed. "They are hungry and crying, some of them are suffering diarrhea due to a lack of clean water to cook instant noodles." She said the group only received rice one time and they had little food left.

Official Gusmal Effendi in the district of Solok said that the mix-up was a 'technical problem' and promised aid would be brought to everyone displaced by the disaster soon. Many people also brought a visit to the city to look for supplies, even though their homes were not destroyed. Early reports found up to 15,000 houses were badly damaged or destroyed, said Jules Korsten, an emergency coordinator for the U.N. International Organization for Migration.

More supplies were provided by the U.N., including tents, blankets and mats, were starting to arrive. He said the IOM provided four trucks to help with the distribution as well. "I think for us, the priority is to get them in some kind of a structure so they can start getting back to work and getting an income," he said on Saturday.

Doctors said they were coping with more than 100 people in the General Hospital of Solok. Many had burns, broken bones and cuts. The rooms were crowded with victims. Some crying out in pain. "I want to die ... it's very painful," screamed Ermiyati, a housewife. "I can't take this any more." She suffered burns over 50 percent of per body after a stove fell on her during the earthquake. Hospital director Dr. Yusnelli sad that the facility only has one surgeon and 17 other physicians to treat the wounded. There are enough medicine however and all earthquake victims would receive free aid.


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Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2007 01:38 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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