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Indonesia rushes relief to flood-ravaged Sumatra island

Indonesia rushes relief to flood-ravaged Sumatra island

Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra island on Monday while the United Nations pledged US$2 million (euro1.5 million) for survivors.
Soldiers loaded the aid into a military cargo plane in the capital, Jakarta.
It will be distributed by helicopters because the floods _ triggered by days of heavy rain _ have washed away roads and bridges in the worst hit area of Tamiyang in eastern Aceh province, said Syamsul Maarif, the executive director of the National Coordination Body for Disaster Response.
An aerial view from an aid flight over the region on Sunday showed many houses submerged, while only the roofs of others were visible. Some families were trapped on the roofs of their homes.
The death toll was at least 87, with dozens others reported missing, while some 110,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and are now staying in tents, government buildings or with relatives, said Burhanuddin, an Aceh government spokesman who goes by a single name.
Government seismologist Ahmad Zakir said rain had now stopped falling over the affected regions, but said light drizzle was a possibility later Monday.
The U.N. said it would provide an initial US$2 million (euro1.5 million) in emergency relief to the region from its Central Emergency Response Fund.
Aceh was the region worst hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami, but this week's flooding was in areas unaffected by that disaster.


Updated : 2021-08-05 21:38 GMT+08:00