Deadly quake in Indonesia
MEUREUDU, Indonesia - A strong earthquake has rocked Indonesia's Aceh (ah-cheh) province. The quake killed nearly 100 people and sparked a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. The chief of the army in Aceh province says at least 97 died, while four people were pulled from the rubble alive.
The Indonesian Red Cross says it's mobilizing aid for earthquake survivors from Aceh's provincial capital, Banda Aceh, and the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with an initial priority on clean water and sanitation.
The charity's head of disaster management, Arifin Hadi, says five water trucks have already been sent into areas worst hit by the quake, where it has 100 people on the ground. It has dispatched other aid from Banda Aceh such as hygiene kits, tarpaulins and jerry cans and has also sent body bags.
Arifin says it will send more from its Jakarta warehouse, including 500 family assistance kits, 1,000 blankets and 1,000 tarpaulins.
He says possible health risks in the quake area are still being assessed.