Search for Indonesia earthquake victims hampered by blackouts, rain

MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) – Search and rescue efforts after Indonesia’s earthquake are being hampered by power blackouts and rain, but officials hope they can continue at night to some extent.

Aiyub Abbas, chief of Pidie Jaya district which took the brunt of the earthquake, says efforts are focusing on locations where victims are believed to be trapped. “The search this night depends on the location and the weather conditions,” he says.

The army chief in Aceh province has said the quake killed 97 people and only four have been pulled from the rubble alive.

A disaster mitigation agency official says there are about 10 locations where searchers believe people are buried.

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