LATEST NATURAL DISASTERS IN INDONESIA


Tens of thousands camp out after Indonesian quake
February 22, 2008, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Earthquake

 Tens of thousands of people camped outside their homes on the Indonesian island of Simeulue after a 7.5-magnitude quake that killed three, an official said Thursday.

The quake hit just off the remote island located near Sumatra on Wednesday, triggering panic across the region lashed by the earthquake-triggered 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed 168,000 people in Indonesia.

“The majority of the population have not returned to their homes. Many are still in the hills while others are just in makeshift shelters built near their houses,” Abdul Karim, Simeulue’s local government spokesman, told AFP.

Karim said authorities were still collecting information about quake damage across the island, which is part of Aceh province. So far, 34 buildings have been reported as damaged.

The Aceh provincial disaster mitigation centre said late Wednesday that three people were killed in the quake and 26 others injured.

An official from the centre, Iskandar, told AFP that he was on his way to Simeulue with a team which would help assess the damage across the island, which is home to nearly 80,000 people.


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