100 dead at least and several missing after Indonesia earthquake

People walk near a collapsed mosque following an earthquake in Meuredu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh

The death count from a powerful earthquake that strike Indonesia’s northern province of Aceh on Wednesday has reached to as a minimum 100, stated by disaster agency of Indonesia, as rescuers looked for dozens of fallen down buildings for entrapped survivors.

Rescue and search teams utilized earth movers to move wreckage and attain what they determined were several victims trapped subsequent to a 6.5 magnitude quake.

Sutopo Nugroho of national disaster administration agency stated a situation of emergency is announced in Aceh, which lies on northern edge of Sumatra island of Indonesia.

“We are at the present focusing on looking for victims and probable survivors,” Nugroho stated.

Joko Widodo, the President stated he instructed chief of staff to go to the disaster region.

Aceh was shattered by a strong earthquake and tsunami on its western shore close to Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, on 26th of Dec, 2004.

Quake of Wednesday strike the east province coast, approx 105 miles (170 km) of Banda Aceh. Nugroho stated Pidie Jaya regency of Aceh, by way of inhabitants of approximately 140,000, tolerated the impact of damage.

“Lots of of sufferers were killed or wounded not due to the quake but as a result of building’s collapsing,” he stated.

Volunteer groups brought wounded inhabitants to native hospitals, filling the majority to facility. Several of those taken care of in corridors of hospital and quickly put up disaster tents a witness stated.

Pictures on social media and TV demonstrated victims being hurried to hospital, crushed buildings and collapsed poles of electricity, and people meeting at corners of street.

Dozens of inhabitants continue missing, in accordance with Khairul Nova, an officer at Aceh agency of search and rescue.

A helper of Red Crescent of Indonesia explained scenes of serious damage and stated several people are wounded. “There are not sufficient medical employees around,” the Muklis of Red Crescent, who uses one name as several Indonesians, said to a TV channel.