Dec 29, 2004

Approaching the Epicenter

If you have ever seen the movie "The Andromeda Strain" then you have an idea of what it is like trying to reach Banda Aceh. Banda Aceh is the provincial capital and largest city in Aceh, Indonesia with a population of 150,000 and one of the closest cities to to the epicenter.

Since the earthquake I have tried to reach anyone in Banda Aceh to no avail. There is no phone service by either cellular or land lines anymore. I spent the last few days trying to contact the Kuala Tripa Hotel and nothing. I fear that it no longer exists.

Surveillance from flights over the town have indicated that it has been “wiped out”.

Pitch black and dead bodies littering the roads. No one dare approaches the town at night. But then again, Jakarta is taking their time.

The sun is just now rising over here now, it is morning and the bulk of relief crews should be arriving today including I believe a mission from Malaysia.

1 comment:

  1. Hopefully, everyone has simply abandoned the area for higher ground. They should rightfully fear aftershocks. I don't want to wake up and see that the death toll has doubled again. I'm going to see what the best organization to donate to is. I've heard good things about the Salvation Army and Americares.

    And why would the officials from Jakarta take their time? I've heard that there were seperatists in the region. Are they delaying to ensure that everyone dies? That would be terrible. There are sure to be children who need help. Do they really want the lives of those children on their hands? The seperatists declared a ceasefire. This might be one of their only chances to end the fighting. What exactly is the fighting about though?


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