Troops boost relief effort in Indonesian quake zone
MANOKWARI, Indonesia (AFP) – Indonesian troops delivered aid Thursday to thousands of villagers left homeless by a which killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
The 7.1-magnitude quake rattled the northern coast of Papua province on Wednesday and left nine villages on Yapen island in ruins, officials said.
"The number of houses damaged by the quake could rise to more than 1,000 as we're checking nine villages which were badly hit," Disaster Management Agency spokesman told AFP.
"The police, military, local government and volunteers are all on site to provide help to the victims."
In Yapen's main town of Serui, disaster response official Herry Heryadi said five tonnes of rice, 1,400 cartons of instant noodles and mineral water had been dispatched to the affected settlements.
"We also sent 108 tents as many houses have been damaged," he said.
The was being hampered by the remoteness of the island, which is 3,300 kilometres (2,000 miles) east of Jakarta, officials said.