The massive earthquake in Indonesia’s Aceh province left at least 43,000 people homeless in the region, said authorities on Saturday.
Thousands of people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province. Now, the government and aid agencies are putting all effort to meet the basic survival needs of the shaken communities.
The numbers of homeless people are persistently increasing while the relief efforts are continues across the three districts near the epicenter of Wednesday’s magnitude 6.5 quake, said the National Disaster Mitigation Agency in a statement.
“The basic needs of refugees must be met during the evacuation,” it said.
More than 100 people were killed and many other injured in the recent quake. The natural calamity also shattered over 11,000 buildings. In the disaster, a market fully occupied with shop houses was largely flattened.
Currently, the displaced are staying in temporary shelters and mosques or with their relatives.
Sniffer dogs were used again on Saturday as the search for bodies and possible survivors in the devastated town of Meureudu is still on. Besides, four other locations in Pidie Jaya are also the center of search efforts.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited the worst-hit areas on and promised to rebuild communities.