Earth News: Sumatra
Photo: Evacuees were being accommodated in government buildings, schools and tents, while others have found shelter with relatives and friends. Photo courtesy AFP.
Jan 04, 2007
Thousands of people who fled flash floods on the Indonesian island of Sumatra two weeks ago are unable to return home as their villages are buried under mud, aid workers have said.
Some 400,000 people escaped the floods, with 365,335 people displaced in Aceh province alone as whole villages were swallowed and homes washed away.
In the worst-hit district of Aceh Tamiang, more than 12,500 houses and 75 schools were destroyed along with 460 kilometres (280 miles) of road, the official Antara news agency said.
"There are no more floods (in Aceh), but residents' homes are still covered with mud up to one meter (more than three feet) deep, so they have to remain in camps," Indonesian Red Crescent spokesman Dharma Wijaya told Antara.
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