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Painstaking search in Indonesia amid fading hope

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Painstaking search in Indonesia amid fading hope

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With thousands of people still missing Indonesian villagers have been desperately digging in the rubble for survivors of Wednesday’s earthquake.

Up to 3,000 people are believed to have died after the tremor struck, causing devastation in the city of Padang and the surrounding region. Entire villages were flattened by the quake and the mudslides it triggered. Some are in remote, hilly areas, making access difficult for rescue teams. The country’s health minister has said the spread of disease is now a major concern, particularly in Padang city.