Earthquake in Indonesia Likely Killed Thousands

From the BBC:

The 7.6-magnitude quake struck close to the city of Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province. The earthquake brought down hospitals, schools and shopping malls, cut power lines and triggered landslides. The social affairs ministry gave the latest confirmed death toll of 529, but Rustam Pakaya, head of the health ministry’s disaster centre in Jakarta, said: “Our prediction is that thousands have died.”

Our hearts, of course, go out to the people of Pandang and we hope that relief efforts will be comprehensive, quick, culturally-attuned, and egalitarian.
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2 Comments

  1. Brittany
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Oh my God. :(
    RIP. I pray not many more people have died…

  2. norbizness
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Times are tough, but here is a donation page I found for the Red Cross/Red Crescent. There is a pull-down menu which includes where you’d like your donation to go, which is depressing in itself given the recent Vietnamese typhoon, Samoan tsunami, etc. It’s very unsettled.

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