At least 54 people are fear to be dead and several more grievously injured after an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 hit the coast of Aceh, a province located at the northern end of Sumatra, Indonesia.
It is the same province that was worst-hit by the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami, which also tore apart several areas in India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. A total of around 170,000 people were killed in Aceh alone and around 500 had become homeless at the time.
The rescue operation is being led by the National Search and Rescue agency with the support of Indonesian police and military personnel. The President of Indonesia would soon be visiting the affected site.
What they need urgently?
Indonesia is a country that falls in one of the most earthquake-prone zones. The country’s Sumatra Island was hit by an earthquake earlier this year as well. The massive earthquake measuring 7.8 had led to issuing of tsunami warnings in both Indonesia and Australia. The warning was, however, withdrawn later. Not much damage was caused.