Indonesia: Govt sends food, medical supplies to quake-hit Mamuju

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Andi Hajramurni, The Jakarta Post, Makassar, South Sulawesi | Wed, 06/16/2010 4:50 PM | Archipelago

North Mamuju regency administration has sent food and medical supplies to Sigani and Kasano villages in Baras district, which were hit hardest by a 5.3-magnitude quake that claimed a life on Wednesday.

Regional disaster mitigation agency head Yunus Aslam said five people injured in the disaster had been receiving medical treatment at the local community health center, while dozens of displaced people were sheltered at tents and houses which remained unaffected by the quake.

Yunus said Regent Abdullah Rasyid led the distribution of humanitarian assistance to the quake victims in the villages, situated 60 kilometers south of the regency capital.

At least 75 houses were damaged by the quake, 22 of them would need reconstruction. The disaster also inflicted damages on an elementary school building.

"The quake was so strong that it caused the buildings to collapse, killing and wounding the victims," Yunus said. He added that the number of buildings damaged by the quake might increase.