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  • Thursday, March 31, 2005

    Aid workers struggle to reach earthquake survivors

    From the Independent: Relief workers struggle to reach survivors of quake

    Nias's remote location has made getting basic relief there difficult. The runway at the only airport has been severely damaged, meaning only helicopters can land. Bad weather has limited the number of helicopters getting through, and the widespread destruction has made it difficult even for helicopters to find landing places. One military helicopter had to turn back without offloading supplies yesterday after it could not land because of a large crowd which had gathered in the only clear area. The only other way to reach the island is by ferry, an arduous 12-hour crossing on overcrowded ferries made worse by the weather conditions. Reports came in of people searching for boats of any description at Sibolga on Sumatra, the main port for Nias, to try to find loved ones on the island.
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