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Frantic rescue effort in Indonesia after major earthquake kills hundreds

Publié par Clifford Armion le 10/02/2009

Irwan Firdaus

"PADANG, Indonesia (AP) Medical teams, search dogs, backhoes and emergency supplies were flown into the devastated western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island Friday to bolster frantic rescue attempts for thousands buried by a powerful earthquake. "The official death toll from Wednesday's 7.6-magnitude quake stood at 715, the Health Ministry's crisis center chief Rustam Pakaya told The Associated Press. He said more than 2,000 people were injured and "thousands" missing based on reports from relatives, though he could not put a firm number yet on the missing. "One U.N. estimate said as many as 1,100 may have died. "A lack of heavy digging equipment made it nearly impossible to pry apart giant slabs of concrete from toppled buildings, officials said."

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"Frantic rescue effort in Indonesia after major earthquake kills hundreds", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2009. Consulté le 16/01/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/frantic-rescue-effort-in-indonesia-after-major-earthquake-kills-hundreds