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Jakarta Post

Indonesian Military deploys personnel for Aceh quake relief

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 7, 2016   /  05:03 pm
Indonesian Military deploys personnel for Aceh quake relief A man removes a box of food from under the rubble of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Wednesday. A strong underseas earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing a number of people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse. (AP/Heri Juanda)

The Indonesian Military (TNI) has deployed personnel to assist and evacuate victims of the 6.5 Richter scale-earthquake that struck Pidie, Aceh Province, on Wednesday morning.

Indonesian Army spokesperson Brig. Gen Sabrar Fadhillah said that currently around 740 personnel had been deployed to Pidie for evacuation and relief efforts.

The personnel include village supervisory-non-commissioned officers or Babinsa (400 personnel), military transportation and logistics detachment (15 personnel), army battalions (300 personnel) and a military health unit (25 personnel).

“We have summoned an additional 400 personnel for back-up from two battalions, the cavalry and combat engineering detachment. They will be arriving this afternoon,” Sabrar told reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The earthquake, which struck at 5:03 a.m., caused dozens of buildings to collapse. The Pidie Jaya Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said on Wednesday morning that 52 people had died and hundreds had been injured. (dmr)

UPDATE: The earlier version of this article stated that the earthquake in Aceh on Dec. 7 was measured at 6.4 on the Richter scale according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). BMKG later revised the figure to 6.5 on the Richter scale.

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