Saturday, October 3, 2009

International rescue teams arrive in Indonesia

Source (click to view): BBC Newsroom

Rescue teams from all over the world are arriving in the Indonesian island of Sumatra to help search for survivors of Wednesday's earthquake.

Workers arriving in remote areas three days after the quake are finding villages completely destroyed.

So far more than a thousand people are known to have died, but now that number is expected to rise.

British, Australian and South Korean rescuers have arrived and the EU and Russia are also sending help.

The city of Padang, which is very close to the coast, is among the areas hardest hit by the tremors. Up to 3,000 people are believed trapped beneath collapsed buildings.

Charities like the Red Cross say more help is needed.

"We need drinking water and clothes because many people's clothes were burnt in fires," said one Red Cross worker.

"We also need medicines to stop infection."

It's quite difficult for search and rescue teams to work their way through to the worst affected areas, so it's going to take a long time to help people.

The earthquake, which measured 7.6 on the richter scale, and a really strong aftershock brought down hospitals, schools and shopping centres as well as causing landslides across the island.