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Strong earthquake strikes Northern Sumatra, causing landslides and widespread damage; Save the Children is on the ground to respond.

Press Release   •   Jul 02, 2013 19:35 +08

(2nd July 2013) Bener Meriah, Indonesia – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Sumatra, close to the city of Bener Meriah in Indonesia, at a depth of 10km. At least two people, including a baby, have been killed with more fatalities expected.

“We are expecting many more landslides due to aftershocks and thunderstorms, which will likely see an increase in death toll and the number of injured. Many houses have already collapsed with many more at risk in aftershocks,” said Ricardo Caivano, country director for Save the Children in Indonesia.

“We especially worried about children who have been separated from their parents while they were at work. Earthquakes are also a terrifying experience, especially for young children. Based on our past experience, children will likely need food, water, medical supplies, blankets and a roof over their heads. In the coming days, they will also need a safe space to play and talk through their experiences.”

Save the Children has a field office and programs in the quake-hit area. The children’s aid agency’s field office team in Bener Meriah is assessing the situation and will launch a response with local partners if necessary. Save the Children has been working in Indonesia for 37 years, responding to all major disasters including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that struck Aceh.


Save the Children has spokespeople in Indonesia. Please contact our communications and advocacy manager, Patricia Norimarna at

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