In the heart of Islamonazi land…….
At least 54 people died and dozens were feared trapped in rubble after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday.
Pidie Jaya district chief Aiyub Abbas confirmed the rising death toll and said hundreds of people in the district have been injured and dozens of buildings collapsed.
Rescue operations were under way to find those believed trapped beneath the rubble, with heavy machinery being used to shift the debris but Abbas said there was an urgent need for excavation equipment and emergency supplies.
The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake hit just north of the small town of Reuleuet, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). There was no tsunami alert.
The quake struck at dawn as some in the predominantly Muslim region prepared for morning prayers, local officials said.