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World Vision ready to deploy following massive quake

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741 days ago   Article ID# 1546722
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World Vision New Zealand

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (Voxy) - World Vision's emergency relief teams are on standby following one of the largest earthquakes to hit Asia since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

The quake measuring 8.8 struck 430 kilometres off Sumatra and resulted in a pan-Indian Ocean tsunami warning that sent people in Banda Aceh running for the hills.

"Everyone is in a state of nervousness. People in Aceh remember the tsunami like it was yesterday. So many people lost loved ones there and whole towns were literally wiped off the face of the earth. No one who lived through that takes these warnings lightly" says World Vision's Humanitarian and Emergencies director in Indonesia, Billy Sumuan.

Speaking from Aceh aid worker Charles Asinaga described a sense of panic after the quake struck.

"People crowded the streets to flee the coast. The telephone lines are clogged with people phoning loved ones. It's very difficult to get information. We are waiting for news from cities on the coast and the small islands near the epicentre."

World Vision staff members are reporting tremors in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia and India. Some offices have been evacuated and are moving to higher ground. The situation is being monitored closely.

Typically World Vision works closely with local authorities, the government, the UN and other NGOs to determine the need after any major catastrophe. Humanitarian workers including logistics and procurement staff are ready to be deployed if the earthquake impacts communities.

World Vision raised NZ$427 million globally following the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. The money was spent on immediate relief work and a subsequent five year recovery and rehabilitation programme.

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