Dozens of buildings collapse after 6.5 quake in Indonesia

Dozens of buildings collapse after 6.5 quake in Indonesia

A badly damaged building is seen after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the town of Pidie, Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra, on December 7, 2016 © Zian Muttaqien

More than 20 people have been killed and many are feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings after a 6.5 earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, reports.


At least 25 people have been killed in the Pidie Jaya district of Aceh province, district head Aiyub Abbas said, according to AP. Hundreds more have been injured after dozens of buildings collapsed.


The Red Cross also put the number of fatalities at 25.


The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) confirmed that “several buildings” collapsed, including at least 10 shops and four houses in Pidie Jaya, which lies in the Aceh special region of Indonesia. Electric poles and a mosque in Bireuen district were also damaged, BNPB said.


Abbas meanwhile noted that there is an urgent demand for excavation equipment and emergency supplies to help with the rescue effort.