Zuma sends condolences to quake-hit Indonesia

2016-12-07 21:22
President Jacob Zuma. (File, City Press)

President Jacob Zuma. (File, City Press)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to the nation of Indonesia following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake which struck its Aceh province, killing almost 100 people, the Presidency said on Wednesday.

"I wish to extend our condolences to HE President Joko Widodo, the government and the people of Indonesia," Zuma said in a statement.

"The people of South Africa share the pain and loss of the loved ones, their homes and property, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the affected families. We also wish the injured a speedy recovery."

The Associated Press reported on Monday that thousands of affected people in the province had taken refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after the strong earthquake on Wednesday.

Some people were homeless after the quake made their houses unsafe and others were too scared to return home, it reported.

Deadly earthquakes occur regularly in the region, where many live with the terrifying memory of a giant December 26, 2004, earthquake that struck off Sumatra. The magnitude-9.1 quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 100 000 people in Aceh.

Major General Tatang Sulaiman, chief of the army in Aceh province, reportedly said at least 97 people had died in the quake, while four people had been pulled from the rubble alive.

The Indonesian government declared a two-week emergency period in Aceh and some aid was already reaching hard-hit areas.

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