27 children confirmed dead after Aceh Earthquake
Jakarta, 9 December 2016 – Over one quarter of the victims of the Pidie Jaya earthquake are children under the age of 18, including 17 children younger than 5 years. Out of the 102 people whose deaths have been confirmed by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), 27 are children, according to the District Health Office in Pidie Jaya. Over 700 more people have sustained injuries and hundreds of buildings have also been damaged or completely destroyed, including homes, schools, mosques and health facilities.
According to data from the Regional Development Planning Agency Bappeda, nearly 46,000 children under the age of 18 live in the five worst affected sub-districts of Pidie Jaya, the district at the centre of Wednesday’s earthquake.
UNICEF Indonesia is currently supporting the National Secretariat for Safe Schools, Ministry of Education to undertake a rapid assessment of the damage to education facilities. Based on the results the Government will provide alternative facilities to allow children to return to a safe learning environment as soon as possible.
UNICEF Indonesia extends its deepest sympathies to the families of those affected and stands ready to provide support to children and families affected by the earthquake if requested by the Government. At this stage, however, no international assistance is required, according to BNPB.
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