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Aid slow to arrive after quake PADANG - Four days after a devastating earthquake hit West Sumatra province in Indonesia, survivors say little or no humanitarian assistance has reached them, leaving some to beg for money.

At least 603 people have been killed and 343 people were missing and believed trapped under collapsed buildings after the 30 September quake, according to data from the disaster relief coordination post at the West Sumatra governor’s office. Residents in the worst-hit district of Padang Pariaman set up barriers on the roads near their damaged houses, begging for donations from motorists. Some survivors also pitched tents outside their damaged houses.

"Since the earthquake, we haven't received anything," said Riswan Zailani, whose family home was flattened in the quake, leaving only its corrugated zinc roof visible. "I heard there's a lot of assistance coming but where is it?" said Zailani, who stood in the middle of the road waving a can to passing motorists asking for money.

According to the governor’s office, around 3,000 people have been injured in the quake, some seriously, while 83,000 homes were badly damaged. The health ministry‘s crisis center estimated the death toll could reach more than 1,000, with another 618 people believed killed when landslides triggered by the earthquake buried three entire hamlets in Padang Pariaman. Rustam Pakaya, head of the crisis center, also estimated that 3,000 people were still missing.

Without any food aid, a woman is forced to cook vegetable scraps for her children in Ketaping Village, Padang Pariaman district, West Sumatra.
Without any food aid, a woman is forced to cook vegetable scraps for her children in Ketaping Village, Padang Pariaman district, West Sumatra. © Jefri Aries/IRIN



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Posted in Earthquake @ 05 October 2009 04:55 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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