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British PM voices U.K.readiness to help quake victims

(Xinhua)

08:42, April 12, 2012

JAKARTA, April 11 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that Britain is ready to help Indonesia should the strong quake hitting Aceh province of Indonesia bring damage and casualty.

Powerful quake with magnitude of 8.6 struck off the province in the northern tip of Sumatra island hours after Cameron arrived in Indonesia as parts of his Asian tour.

Cameron made the statement in a joint press conference with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after a meeting at the State Palace. "Britain, of course, stands ready to help. And we will stand with you and your government and with your people a this time of worry," he said.

President Yudhoyono said that the situation was under control and the system is running well in quake-hit areas.

The quake triggered panic as people were worried about a possible tsunami, but the tsunami warning was later lifted by the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

President Yudhoyono and some officials of Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency at quake-hit areas said there were no immediate reports of damages and casualty so far.

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