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Update Indonesia Earthquake – October 4


The first of UNICEF’s initial supplies have arrived in Padang for distribution to affected families.  To date, 60 water storage bladders, 1,500 jerry cans and 868 hygiene kits have arrived. The remainder expected to arrive in West Sumatra very soon.
UNICEF has worked to set up the first three school tents were erected in Padang city on Sunday, ahead of a possible return to school on Monday, following a call by the Governor of Padang for children to try and go back to classes wherever possible. Some 250 tents additional tents are en route from Jakarta and should be in Padang in the next 48 hours.

Getting children back in schools as soon as possible after a disaster is part of UNICEF's strategy to return a sense of normality to affected children and to provide them with psycho-social support they need following large scale disasters such as this earthquake.

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