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Rescue operations draw to a close in Aceh

Reporter: Silkina Ahluwalia 丨 CCTV.com

12-10-2016 15:17 BJT

Rescue operations are still going on 72 hours after a devastating earthquake in Indonesia to search for those still missing. At least a hundred people have died and seven hundred were severely injured in Wednesday's quake.

Just a few days ago, this area was bustling with activities, buildings were intact, people were going about their days as normal. Now, as you can see the powerful earthquake brought all of that to a halt.

In this small regency, just on the outskirts of Banda Aceh, more than 20 thousand people have been displaced, in desperate need of food, water and shelter.

Rescue operations are currently ongoing. There are more than 500 of them, and they are focusing on five specific areas here in Pidie Jaya, hoping to find any signs of life under this massive debris.

President Joko Widodo was here earlier in the day at the hospitals where the victims and survivors are currently being treated. He addressed the crowd saying that he is working as fast as possible to restore the mosques, schools and homes that were destroyed in this earthquake. Alongside him, the health minister Nila Moeloek also flew down from Jakarta to make sure those at the hospitals are getting proper treatment.

Help is constantly pouring into this town. Authorities have provided necessities such as beds and mobile toilets, the two most important things, to those who have been left homeless.

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