Nearly 400,000 refugees and more than 94,000 confirmed deaths; the disaster facing Indonesia is one of hardly imaginable proportions. Although global relief efforts are being stepped up, the lack of infrastructure is making things very difficult, especially in the obliterated province of Aceh. Hundreds of thousands are living in tents. Those who have received medical attention, food and water are the lucky ones. Many in remote regions have still not been reached.
The sanitary conditions in the refugee camps have been described as desperate and doctors are worried about the spread of disease. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is to host a summit in the capital Jakarta on Thursday, which will focus on the international relief operation.
The EU Commission boss and the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU Presidency, are among those set to attend. Yudhoyhono has announced that several Asian countries have begun to work on an early warning system in case of future tidal waves.