President Tan and PM Lee send condolence letters to Indonesia's President Widodo on Aceh quake

Indonesian rescue workers carry a survivor from a fallen building after an earthquake in Ulee Glee, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia.
Indonesian rescue workers carry a survivor from a fallen building after an earthquake in Ulee Glee, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have sent their condolences on the Aceh quake to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

At least 97 have been killed in the 6.5-magnitude quake that hit Pidie Jaya in Aceh on Wednesday (Dec 7) morning.

Some 245 buildings, including homes, shop houses and mosques, collapsed and were seriously damaged.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia during this difficult period," Dr Tan said in his letter.

Mr Lee, who said he was saddened by the tragic loss of life and widespread damage, offered help.

 
 

"Singapore stands ready to assist Indonesia in whatever way we can," he wrote.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said on Wednesday it will be deploying two officers to Indonesia as part of a five-man Asean Emergency Response and Assessment Team (Erat), under the auspices of the Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management.