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Indonesia: Earthquakes

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the effectiveness of the operations of the UK search and rescue teams in Pedang, Indonesia following the earthquake there; and if he will make a statement. (296380)

The Department for International Development (DFID) sent a search and rescue team to Pedang in response to a request from the Government of Indonesia for international search and rescue help. The team were able to undertake several vital tasks, using their skills and equipment to help guide the overall search and rescue effort, investigate otherwise unsurveyed areas outside Pedang city and advise on problems such as the safety of damaged buildings and recovery of victims. Further information on how the UK is responding to the earthquake is available on the DFID website:

www.dfid.gov.uk