According to United States Geological Survey [USGS], magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Aceh in Indonesia on December 7th at 5:03am local time. While more than 90 deaths have been confirmed with hundreds being injured, the number of casualties is expected to rise.
In response to the situation, AMDA will be sending a joint team of two anesthesiologists from AMDA Indonesia and three orthopedic surgeons from Hasanuddin University to Zainal Abidin Hospital in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh Province.
The joint team will first go to Pidie Jaya, a severely damaged region located 200km east of Banda Aceh. After conducting a needs assessment on the ground, further course of action will be decided accordingly.
AMDA Headquarters may dispatch extra relief personnel if the relief gets extended for more than a week.
AMDA will continue to keep an eye on the local situation.