Padang’s medical resources have been overwhelmed by the disaster. A hospital even collapsed in the quake; hundreds of patients and doctors are missing, feared dead.
The medical teams are doing what they can, but the inexorable tide of casualties threatens to drown their efforts. With so many injured, make-shift treatment areas have been set up in the open air. This is first aid at its most basic but there’s no time to waste. Indonesia is no stranger to earthquakes, but survivors say this was the worst they’d ever seen.