Aceh earthquake: At least 43,000 displaced in Indonesia, death toll rises to 101

Four days after the devastating earthquake that rattled Aceh province of Indonesia has left at least 43,000 people homeless and brought the total number of death toll to 101 people.

Aceh earthquake: At least 43,000 displaced in Indonesia, death toll rises to 101

Four days after the devastating earthquake that rattled Aceh province of Indonesia has left at least 43,000 people homeless and brought the total number of death toll to 101 people.

The government and aid agencies pooling efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities. The Australian government has committed $1 million to aid Indonesia’s response to the earthquake.

The powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Sumatra, destroyed more than 10,500 homes along with schools and a major public hospital on Wednesday.



The estimate of the number of homeless people continues to grow while relief efforts fan out across the three districts near the epicentre of the quake, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement.

The displaced are staying in temporary shelters and mosques or with relatives. On Saturday, sniffer dogs were again used in the search for bodies and possible survivors in the devastated town of
Meureudu, where a market filled with shop houses was largely flattened.

Besides casualties reported, the number of people injured in the quake reported until today reaches 857 people, with 139 people sustaining from serious injuries and 718 people suffering from minor injuries.


President Joko Widodo visited the earthquake hit areas and assured the survivors of assistance in rebuilding their homes and localities.

Indonesia, especially the Aceh province, is prone to earthquakes as it lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a high-seismic activity zone. In 2004, the province was the worst affected by the 9.2-magnitude temblor that had triggered a devastating tsunami in the region. More than 1.2 lakh people were killed in Aceh alone.