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Sumatra: Earthquakes

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he is making available to the survivors of the earthquake in Sumatra. (126706)

DFID has been monitoring the situation in Sumatra since the earthquake struck at 3.49 GMT (10.49 local time) on Tuesday 6 March.

The Indonesian authorities and the United Nations report that 71 people have died, 192 people have been injured and several hundred homes have been destroyed.

The Government of Indonesia has sent medical teams to the area and is coordinating delivery of relief items including tents and water. The Indonesian military is providing relief kitchens and clinics.

The Government of Indonesia has not requested international assistance. We remain ready to respond to requests that the Government may make and will continue to monitor the situation closely.