Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Many dead and buried in Indonesia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2009

Hundreds people are dead and thousands more buried under rubble following a massive earthquake which hit the city of Padang in Indonesia today. Caritas staff on the ground are carrying out assessments on the number of casualties and the needs of survivors of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Staff report difficulties in gathering information from Padang as few phone lines work. The main airport in  West Sumatra, where the earthquake struck was initially closed after the disaster, but has now reopened. There are some difficulties in accessing Padang by road from some directions An international Caritas team is preparing to head to Padang as part of ongoing evaluations. Temporary shelter is needed as many people fled their homes during the tremors and are afraid to return as a large number of houses were are in a perilous state. Other damage so far includes a collapsed bridge and damage to a hospital. The Caritas team will make a quick assessment of needs of survivors and coordinate the response.  This is the second powerful earthquake to hit Indonesia in a month. On 2 September, Java suffered a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which killed dozens of people.

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