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Thursday, 31 March, 2005

UN steps up relief operations to quake-ravaged Indonesian islands

United Nations agencies stepped up relief operations today on the Indonesian islands ravaged by Monday night's earthquake, with a dedicated fleet of aircraft and boats delivering emergency aid and evacuating the critically injured. Water purification, food and logistics are among the current priorities.

"It's critical to send aid very quickly to people who were already extremely traumatized by the 26 December tsunami disaster," World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Mohamed Saleheen said, referring to the catastrophe that two months ago killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million in need of basic services in a dozen Indian Ocean nations.

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