First aid arrives in Nias, more on the way

Oxfam has begun distributing bottles of water, biscuits, tents and basic clothing to hundreds of families who have lost everything.

"The conditions are grim. I spent last night in a camp with people who have lost their homes. It started raining in the night and we tried to gather under a few pieces of plastic sheeting to keep dry. While I flew out today the thousands of local people who have lost their homes will have another hard night ahead," added Ms Vilas Boas

Tomorrow Oxfam plans to set up a public kitchen to start providing food to the victims of the earthquake and more staff will be arriving by helicopter to bolster the aid effort.

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