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Padang Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 603

JAKARTA, Oct 4 (Bernama) –-The death toll in the Padang earthquake disaster in Indonesia rose to 603 as of noon today while hundreds more are believed to be trapped in collapsed buildings in the west Sumatran city and mudslides that swept through entire villages in its outskirts.

According to official figures relEased by West Sumatra's Disaster Management Agency today, 785 people were seriously injured with some requiring surgery while those with non-life threatening injuires exceeded 3,400 people.

EnterinG the fifth day since the magnitude 7.6 quake struck on Sept 30, the stench of death overhung the city of Padang while rescuers tried in vain to find people still alive.

Clean water supply, electricity and telecommunication facilities were reported to be partially restored in Padang.

Meanwhile, two more earthquakes hit Indonesia today. The first measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale (SR) hit Western Papua at 10.36am while the second, with a magnitude of 5.3 (SR) shook Gorontalo, Sulawesi at 11am (both local times).

According to Indonesia's Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, the Gorantalo quake occurred 25km below the sea while the oen at Papua at a depth of 56km. Both quakes did not pose any tsunami threat.


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