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Govt commits $1m for Aceh earthquake aid

AAP logoAAP 10/12/2016

The government has committed $1 million to aid Indonesia's response to the Aceh earthquake that claimed 100 lives and left more than 11,000 without homes.

More than 100 people were killed and 750 injured in the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Sumatra, which destroyed more than 10,500 homes along with schools and a major public hospital.

The full impact of the earthquake is still being assessed.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the government support will go towards essential household items, shelter, health and first aid, clean water and helping families to get back to work.

Australia will also provide 1,500 family kits that include emergency household and hygiene items, 2,200 tarpaulins and 100 tents and will help 5,500 people in the worst-affected areas.

"The Australian Government stands ready to respond to additional requests for more assistance from the Indonesian Government," Ms Bishop said.

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