6.4 QUAKE ROCKS SURFAID HEADQUARTERS IN PADANG AND MENTAWAIS
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2005 : - - The SurfAid teams based in SurfAids head-quarter offices in Padang and the Mentawai Islands, are all safe and sound despite the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that shook both locations April 10th at 5:29 p.m. Indonesian time. The epicenter of the quake was just 70 miles southwest of Padang. There is slight infrastructure damage to our offices in Padang and the team has been temporarily relocated. There have been no reports of deaths or serious injuries from the April 10th quake.
The Mentawai Islands where SurfAid has been operating health and disease prevention programs for the last 4 years were also very close to the epicenter of the quake and were shaken but we have no reports of deaths injury or severe damage from there. Information about damage is scare due to the absence of phone-lines which are temporarily down in many parts of the area and disrupted cell phone coverage.
The SurfAid team is continuing their response effort in Nias to the March 28 earthquake which measured a 8.7 magnitude which killed at least 600 people and seriously injured thousands more. Up to 40% of homes have also been wiped out in affected villages, leaving many outdoors in displacement camps susceptible to disease.
In Nias, SurfAid International is responding with medical treatment and disease prevention programs. A team of 40 medical and support staff are on the ground and are operating six boats and a helicopter, which is being used to medivac patients in critical condition to larger medical facilities.
Efforts to respond to the December 26 earthquake and tsunami are also ongoing. SurfAid staff remains in the island of Simeulue running disease prevention and health programs.
All of these efforts have been made possible by major donations from AusAid, nzaid, Quiksilver, Billabong, Direct Relief, Burton and the contributions of many other individual and corporate donors.
Please see our daily situation reports for more detailed information on our response in the field. Thank you for your support and your interest in our work!
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