Papua Earthquake Destroys Nine Villages; Homeless in Need of Aid

By webadmin on 02:34 pm Jun 17, 2010
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Biak, Papua. Homeless victims of the powerful earthquake that struck Biak district on Wednesday are in need of food and other assistance, emergency authorities said on Thursday.

Biak National Search and Rescue Board (Basarnas) spokesman Sumpeno Yuwono said here on Thursday that the earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale destroyed nine villages, namely Aiyari, Randawaya, Hamtimoi, Karowaiti, Waita, Waridoni, Tare, Larelahiti and Wabudayar.

“The people living in the nine quake-affected villages are now isolated and desperately need food and medical assistance,” Sumpeno said.

He said Basarnas, supported by the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and the National Police, would bring relief aid in the form of food, drinks, and medicine to the quake-affected villages on Thursday morning.

The magnitude 7.1 quake, the strongest in a series of four tremors, was felt as far away as Nabirie, Manokwari and Serui.