QUAKE UPDATE

Rescuing Indonesia's Quake Victims

International aid is finally arriving near the Padang area of Sumatra, where Wednesday’s catastrophic 7.6-earthquake has killed more than 1,000 people and trapped at least 3,000 additional more who may or may not be alive, the BBC reports. International aid workers are in the process of arriving from the U.K., Australia, South Korea, the E.U., and Russia, and rescue efforts are being coordinated by the Red Cross. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also promised $10 million in emergency government aid. "The... fund has to flow quickly, no more bureaucracy for this," he said. "This is an emergency, so speed is crucial." In the meantime, many victims are suffering as they wait for help to arrive and some of the areas near Padang have been difficult to reach because of the lack of physical access in areas where the earthquake occurred. “We have not received a thing. We need food, clothes, blankets, milk. It seems like the government has forgotten us,” said survivor Siti Armain.