David Cameron promises help for quake-hit Indonesia

Written on:April 11, 2023
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In the wake of a massive quake that hit Indonesia today, Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on an official trip to the country, has promised for emergency aids from Great Britain should there be a need.

Tremors measuring 8.9 on the Richter Scale shook Banda Aceh this afternoon as the residents were seen moving to high grounds. The quake brought back memories of the 2004 tsunami that accounted for more than 170,000 people in the Indonesian province.

Cameron, who arrived in capital Jakarta in the morning, said the quake concerns him greatly and “Britain of course stands ready to help if help is required”. Sources say the capital was not affected by the quake.

Speaking at a press conference in Jakarta, Prime Minister told Indonesian President Yudhoyono, “We (Great Britain) will stand with you and your government and your people at this time of worry”, adding, “Our thoughts should be with those who are affected.”

Amidst warnings of tsunami throughout coastal Asia, the Indonesian President said the situation is “under control” as of now and “there is no threat of tsunami”, confirming that some areas have been evacuated to ensure safety.

Yudhoyono said the epicenter of the quake was 311 miles away from Banda Aceh, at a depth of 6 miles in the Indian Ocean. He made it clear that the current situation should not be compared with what happened in 2004, when Aceh, amongst many other regions bordering the Indian Ocean, was struck by huge tsunami waves.

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