Some shops and restaurants have re-opened in the Indonesian port of Padang providing the first signs of recovery from last week’s devastating earthquake. But survivors, whose homes collapsed in the quake, remain traumatized.
“There is food but when I eat I don’t have an apetite. I just feel my heart is crushed,” said one mother-of-four. She is now living a tent beside a road with a few salvaged belongings.
Care of survivors is now taking precedence over the search for people trapped in the rubble.
“Right now the search and rescue work is being scaled down,” said Graham Mackay, from Oxfam Great Britain. “There’s much more emphasis on getting immediate shelter to people, getting clean water to people. We’re doing a lot of tankering, distribution of tarpaulins and things like that. So that’s where the next phase is going, and then longer-term solutions for those kinds of problems.”
Some children have been able to return to school in the shattered city on the island of Sumatra. The Indonesian health ministry estimates the number of dead could reach 3,000, and disease is a growing concern.