A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. The earthquake flattened more than 200 houses and buildings, including shops and mosques, in the worst-affected districts of Bireuen and Pidie Jaya. At least 97 people have been killed and more than 200 injured. Aceh province has declared a state of emergency.
Present in Indonesia since 2005, Handicap International has sent an emergency specialist and a physical therapist to the affected areas to assess the needs of the casualties, and to plan for a possible emergency response.
Following the tsunami that struck the same region on Dec. 26, 2004, Handicap International launched an emergency response in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, and provided rehabilitation care to more than 3,600 people.
Handicap International currently works in the Indonesian provinces of Yogyakarta and Nusa Tengara Timur to promote the rights and community inclusion of people with disabilities, and to prepare them for the risk of natural disasters.