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Indonesian Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 103; Tens of Thousands Homeless

Aired June 6, 2000 - 1:20 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: The death toll from Sunday's earthquake in Indonesia now stands at 103 with more than 500 people hurt. The 7.9 magnitude quake was centered off the island of Sumatra.

CNN's Atika Shubert looks at the conditions there.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Tens of thousands are now homeless, their houses destroyed or rendered unsafe by the earthquake. Families are camping outdoors in makeshift tents to avoid falling debris.

Aftershocks continue to ripple through the province, unnerving residents. Panic-buying has caused a food shortage, and supplies of clean water are dwindling. So far, only 20 percent of the province's electricity is operating. Emergency teams are trying to get in supplies of food and medicine, but damaged roads and bad weather conditions are hampering their efforts.

Both the airport and seaport were damaged by the earthquake and are temporarily unusable. Officials put initial estimates of the damage at $5 million U.S.

Hospitals were forced to move their operations outside under army tents. Doctors say they are overwhelmed by the number of injured and are running out of medicine and donated blood.

Both Japan and Singapore have responded to appeals for international aid, but the real challenge is getting it to where it's needed so victims can begin the long process of recovery.

Atika Shubert, CNN, Jakarta.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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