September 30th, 2009
At least 529 people have died in a huge earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Sumatra island, a social affairs ministry official said Thursday afternoon, adding that some affected areas remain cut off.
“So far, 529 people have died from the West Sumatra earthquake from six affected districts,” Tugyo Bisri, an official from the ministry’s disaster team, told AFP.
“There are areas within the districts we have not been able to reach at all.”
The death toll is feared to run into the thousands after the 7.6 earthquake struck on Wednesday evening.
The powerful earthquake triggered landslides and trapped thousands of people under collapsed buildings — including two hospitals, an official said.
But that number was likely to soar, officials said, as the first outside rescue teams from the Indonesian army and health ministry reached the city to reinforce overwhelmed police on the ground.
From : Jakarta Globe(2009-10-01)