Relief aid flowing in quake-affected Papua, Indonesia

13:36, June 22, 2010      

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Tents, foods, medicines and others relief assistance have been sent to remote Papua in easternmost of Indonesia after strong quake killed 17 people and devastated the area, official said in Jakarta Tuesday.

The authorities have used helicopters to deliver the relief aid as the geographical condition has made it difficult to send it through land, spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency Priyadi Kardono said.

"Some of the aid have already arrived to the scene and some are under way," he told Xinhua over phone.

The government has distributed over 11,000 tons of rice, about 500 tents, scores of medicine and other relief aids, said Kardono.

Dozens of people have been injured after the 7.1 magnitude quake preceded and followed by a strong fore shock and a powerful after shock, rocked Papua last week..

More than 2,500 houses collapsed and over 900 houses have suffered from light damages.

"More quake victims have asked for more tents as their houses collapsed. We plan to send up to 3,000 tents," he said.

Over 170,000 people were killed in Aceh in northern tip of Sumatra island in December 2004 after tsunami hit the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia has been frequently hit by earthquake as it is located on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called the "Pacific Ring of Fire," where two continental plates stretching from western hemisphere to Japan meet, causing frequent seismic and volcanic movement.

Source: Xinhua


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