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Rescuers struggle to reach Sumatra quake victims JAKARTA - Rescue workers are battling to save scores of people trapped in collapsed buildings after two earthquakes struck Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, with aid supplies being flown in and NGOs mobilising helpers.

At least 467 people have been killed in the quakes that devastated the provincial capital, Padang, and the nearby coastal town of Pariaman, according to Indonesia's Social Affairs Ministry. "The death toll is likely to increase as many people are still trapped under collapsed buildings, homes and hotels," Priyadi Kardono, a spokesman for the National Agency for Disaster Management, told IRIN.

A 7.9 magnitude quake struck off the coast of West Sumatra Province in the late afternoon on 30 September, swiftly followed by a 6.2 magnitude quake, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The earthquake occurred along the same fault-line that spawned the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, and was also felt in North Sumatra, Riau and Aceh in Indonesia, as well as Malaysia and Singapore.

OCHA said thousands of people were reported to be displaced after heavy rains and landslides, which followed the quakes, with reports of significant damage to infrastructure, including telecommunications, roads, bridges and water supply systems. Air Putih, a local NGO, estimated that about 40 percent of buildings in Pariaman were heavily damaged, while television footage from Padang showed buildings in the city's business district in ruins.

Rescuers were shown struggling to remove debris from buildings where scores of people were believed trapped. Rains and crowds blocking the roads were hampering rescue efforts, TV One, a local TV station, reported.


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