Scramble to reach Indonesia quake survivors as death toll rises
BLANG MANCUNG, Indonesia (AFP) - Rescuers battled through landslides and blocked roads on Wednesday to reach survivors from an earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province that killed at least 29 people, including several children who died when a mosque collapsed.
Almost 250 people were also injured in Aceh's remote, mountainous interior when the strong 6.1-magnitude quake struck the north of Sumatra island on Tuesday, flattening buildings and triggering landslides.
The quake, which struck at a shallow depth of just 10km, has sparked panic in the natural disaster-prone region where more than 170,000 people were killed by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004.
In Blang Mancung village, Central Aceh district, there was widespread devastation with many homes reduced to rubble and at least six children killed when a mosque collapsed during a Koran reading session.