Indonesia earthquake: Rescuers search for survivors after 100 killed

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Deadly quake hits Indonesia, destroys towns

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At least 100 killed, 136 seriously injured, official says

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Rescuers are combing through the rubble for survivors after an earthquake Wednesday morning in Indonesia’s Aceh province.

At least 100 people were killed, including young children, and 136 seriously injured, according to Indonesia’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency.

The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake damaged homes, shops and mosques in the district of Pidie Jaya, completely destroying hundreds of structures.

Additional medical personnel have gone to the region after the Pidie Jaya hospital was damaged in the quake, which struck as residents were preparing for early morning prayers.

’We have to move so fast to save them’

Speaking in Jakarta, National Board for Disaster Management spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll could still rise.

“Now our priority is the search and rescue operation. We have to move so fast to save them,” Sutopo said.

Rescuers recover a body from the rubble of a collapsed building in Pidie Jaya.
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Rescuers recover a body from the rubble of a collapsed building in Pidie Jaya.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered immediate assistance to be sent to Aceh in the wake of the earthquake.

In a statement, the International Organization for Migration said it had deployed two staff members to help coordinate assistance.