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Nearly 100 Killed as Quake Strikes Indonesia’s Aceh

A spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the death toll from yesterday's earthquake has risen to 102, spread across three districts in Northern Aceh Province.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that 136 people are severely injured and more than 600 have light injuries following the 6.5 magnitude quake, New Zealand TV reported.

The death toll "probably will increase," he says, despite the agency only counting one person as officially missing.

"A joint rescue team is still continuing to search for the victims."

Search and rescue efforts after Indonesia's earthquake are being hampered by power blackouts and rain, but officials hope they can continue at night to some extent.

Aiyub Abbas, chief of Pidie Jaya district which took the brunt of the earthquake, says efforts are focusing on locations where victims are believed to be trapped.

"The search this night depends on the location and the weather conditions," he says.

A disaster mitigation agency official says there are about 10 locations where searchers believe people are buried.

Source: Al Alam

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