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Indonesia quake: Number of homeless soars to 43,000
The number of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia on Wednesday has soared to at least 43,000, emergency officials say.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the scale of the problem was becoming clearer as rescue teams fanned out into the affected areas.
At least 100 people were killed and many more injured when the magnitude 6.5 tremor struck Aceh province.
Only on Friday, the number of homeless was still being out at 23,000.
President Joko Widodo visited survivors in hospitals, vowing that communities would be rebuilt.
The agency said humanitarian groups were co-ordinating their efforts from a base in the worst affected district of Pidie Jaya.
“The basic needs of refugees must be met…
The worst natural disasters of 2016
2016 was one for the record books in many ways, one of which were the natural disasters that hit regions around the world.
The year started off with winter storm Jonas, called ‘The Storm of the Century’ by some, when a record amount of snow pummeled much of the Northeast and left 48 people dead.
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