A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on 28 March 2005 causing widespread panic across the region that was devestated by tsunami 4 months earlier. Approximately 1300 people were killed by the earthquake, mostly on the island of Nias but the subsequent tsunami was relatively minor.
Banda Aceh: As the extent of the damage on the Indonesian island of Nias becomes clearer, International aid agency Oxfam is scaling up its operations. 75,000 people are estimated to remain without shelter and the Oxfam team reports that as aftershocks continue people are still terrified. Many remain in the hills, in fear of a tsunami and up to 20,000 have already fled the island – but most people have not the resources to get to the mainland.
Oxfam has yesterday delivered more emergency supplies to the island of Nias by helicopter and by boat. The additional supplies arrived on the island at noon yesterday (Friday).
Alex Renton reports from the aftermath of the Sumatran earthquake on the remote island of Nias.
The first relief flight carrying aid for the island of Nias will leave the UK today. A plane carrying almost $1,330,000 worth of water and emergency equipment from the international aid agency Oxfam will leave from Kent International Airport for Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
Oxfam has begun distributing bottles of water, biscuits, tents and basic clothing to hundreds of families who have lost everything.
An Oxfam international rapid response assessment team have just landed on the Indonesian island of Nias.
Oxfam International team is now on its way to Nias - an Indonesian island close to the epicentre of this morning’s earthquake off the coast of the island of Sumatra. Reports indicate hundreds of dead, extensive structural damage to homes and infrastructure including the airport.
Oxfam's rapid response emergency assessment team have begun their assessment of the earthquake damage in Nias.
Following Oxfam's initial assessment emergency materials will be flown to the worst affected area of Nias from our Indonesian warehouses, it is hoped these will be flown to Nias by today (Wednesday).