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Padang oh Padang

October 9, 2009

Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra province was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 30 Spet 2009. A number of villages there have been declared as mass graves. Hundreds have died and many more have been misplaced or reported missing and are now feared to be buried under the rumbles. According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency website, the quake has left 608 dead, 596 seriously injured and 2,039 lightly injured; 179,629 houses damaged and more than 83,000 in ruins. The death toll may exceed 1,000 said the agency.

I am so much impressed with the internationl aids from around the world which have provided clean water, money and other forms of aids to the area. At least 35 international aid agencies and non-governmental organizations are helping victims in Padang. Some 4,000 volunteers are working in the city.

On a related note, Masjid Abdul Rahman Auf in Kuala Lumpur would be compiling an anthology of poems remembering the Padang quake by the end of this month as a move in solidarity and humanitarian act on the tragic event. The launching and reading of the poems will be held on the 31st October and 1st November at the Dewan al-Ghazali, Masjid Abdul Rahman Auf, Km 5.5, Jalan Puchong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Condolences to the familes of the victims of the earthquake. Al-Fatihah.

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