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West Sumatra quake survivors lack water and sanitation PADANG - Thousands of survivors of an earthquake that devastated Indonesia's West Sumatra Province are still grappling with a lack of clean water and adequate sanitation more than a month after the disaster, relief workers say.

Aid agencies are delivering clean water to survivors by truck, but it is insufficient unless water sources damaged by the earthquake on 30 September are restored, said Endang Trisna, programme coordinator for Mercy Corps. "Water pumps in many houses have been damaged and wells are contaminated with sand and dirt. Some residents have no access at all to clean water," Trisna told IRIN.

Trisna said Mercy Corps was helping villagers fix their water sources and providing treatment facilities, as well as building latrines and distributing hygiene kits in Padang Pariaman and Agam districts, among the worst hit by the earthquake. "Our staff are also providing training on hygiene. Our target is to help 10,000 households," she said.

The magnitude 7.6 quake left 1,117 people dead and more than 119,000 houses severely damaged or destroyed, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).

Quake survivors get fresh water from water tank at Muaro Village, West Sumatra.
Quake survivors get fresh water from water tank at Muaro Village, West Sumatra. Jefri Aries/IRIN



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Posted in Earthquake @ 06 November 2009 01:30 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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