|Residents and rescue teams search for victims in Ketol, Aceh Tengah, Indonesia, July 2, 2013. (Xinhua/Ade Sinuhaji)
JAKARTA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian authorities agreed Wednesday to impose one week period of emergency response in Bener Meriah regency, area that mostly affected by the recent major earthquake in the country's westernmost province of Aceh.
The government allocated 40 billion rupiah (about 4 million U.S. dollars) to finance activities aimed at helping and delivering relief aids to the victims, a senior official said here on Wednesday.
"The emergency response takes into effect today until July 9 in Bener Meriah regency. It is extendible, depends on the situation developed on the fields," National Disaster Mitigation Agency ( BNPB) Spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a press conference in BNPB office here.
As of Wednesday, the BNPB recorded 24 people perished from the earthquake, 14 in Bener Meriah regency and 10 in nearby regency of Aceh Tengah.
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Tuesday was followed by at least 15 aftershocks, Sutopo added. Hundreds of people were injured and hundreds of houses collapsed in the disaster, he added.
Together with search and rescue team, officials from health, social, and public works minister have been departed to the province's capital city of Banda Aceh to coordinate delivery of relief aids to the victims.