Yesterday a severe earthquake took place off the coast of Northern Sumatra near the city of Aceh. Unfortunately casualties have been recorded and our thoughts are with their families and loved ones.
No Happy Trails! travelers’ were in the affected area at the time of the event. The city of Aceh, North Sumatra is rarely offered within our tours and is a far distance from the operational areas of our tours, at current none of the tours run by us in Indonesia or Sumatra are affected.
Jakarta. Four domestic airlines have agreed to provide cargo and passenger jets to transport supplies and medical personnel to Aceh, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the region in the early hours of Wednesday (07/12), the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, said on Thursday.
Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest budget airline, will deploy an Airbus 330 or Boeing B737 to assist in the humanitarian mission, while rival Sriwijaya Air will also deploy one Being 737, Transport Ministry spokesman, Bambang S. Ervan said.
Air Asia Indonesia’s Airbus A320 is ready to be deployed, while chartered passenger and cargo airline TriMG has also offered its B737 cargo for the mission.
“The transport ministry will stand ready to help coordinate and transport medicine and medical personnel as well as provide other support,” Budi said.
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Pidie Jaya region in Aceh claiming at least 94 lives.
The Indonesian Military, or TNI, have deployed 740 soldiers to locate and evacuate victims, but authorities say that the region still lacks medical staff, health equipment, medicine and instant food.