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Last Updated: Friday, 31 December, 2004, 12:09 GMT
In pictures: Aid reaches Aceh town
Damaged buildings in Meulaboh town, capital of west Aceh, 31 December
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Aid has finally reached the devastated Indonesian town of Meulaboh, close to the epicentre of Sunday's huge earthquake.
Women sit amid some belongings they managed to recover in Meulaboh, west Aceh, 30 December 2004
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Those who survived the quake and tsunamis it triggered have also had to manage for six days with little food, water or medicine. Some have resorted to eating leaves to stay alive, according to reports.
Refugees from Meulaboh, west of Aceh, walk past ruins and a damaged house as they make their way out of town, 31 December 2004.
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Many are taking what possessions they can, and leaving the town in search of help.
Indonesians eating food brought to them by an AFP photographer on his motorbike.
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When aid finally arrived to a lucky few on Friday, for many it was their first meal since the quake.
Refugees from Meubolah cross a damaged road in the jungle, 31 December 2004
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It is still a huge task getting relief supplies to survivors in this remote western region of Sumatra, as much of the infrastructure has been destroyed.
Aerial view of the town of Meulaboh in Aceh province, 29 Dec
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At least 10,000 people are thought to have died in Meulaboh, a town of 50-90,000 people, although accurate figures may never be known.
People hunting for their possessions in Meubolah, 31 December
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But at least one resident was anxious to prove that not everyone had perished in this stricken town. "Please let people know that we are still alive," one man told AFP.




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