After the Earthquake | Sumatra

At 12.16 (Italian time) of September 30th 2009 has been registered in Indonesia an earthquake of 7.6 degree of the Richter scale. The epicenter has been located at about 50km from Padang, in the western coast of Sumatra, about 80km below sea level. There’s been a second deeper shake after 20 minutes. More than 700 people have been found dead while 300 more are missing. Hundreds of buildings collapsed of which many were governmental buildings, hotels and schools. In the Gama Primary school, in Padang, more than 40 children lost their lives. The earthquake has razed many villages, both south and north of the capital. NGO’s are very concerned about them as they are very difficult to reach.  We found in these villages many families outside their collapsed houses, waiting for help to restore them.  Farmers can’t work as villages are no longer reached by water. Many NGO are distributing  water and food. The situation is improving but the damage is very vast and thousands of people will have to wait months, or years, before being able to live again in their houses.


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