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06 Apr 2005 description

UNICEF provides emergency treatment for survivors of latest quake

Last week's magnitude 8.7 earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island Nias has severely hampered relief efforts already underway there since last December's deadly tsunami. Main roads and bridges have been destroyed and the airport is only open to a few light aircraft. More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the rubble and at least another 500 are feared dead.

UNICEF is coordinating medical treatment for survivors, and nearly 300 patients have been evacuated to hospitals on neighboring Sumatra.