- Title: INDONESIA: HUNGARIAN RESCUE DOG HELPS EVACUATION TEAM IN QUAKE-HIT AREA
- Date: 8th April 2005
- Summary: (W2) GUNUNGSITOLI, NIAS ISLAND; INDONESIA (APRIL 5, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. MV EVACUATION TEAM FROM HUNGARY'S WORLD BAPTIST AID OUTSIDE TENTS 0.04 2. CLOSEUP OF TEAM MEMBER PUTTING ON MASK 0.08 3. MV RESCUE DOG GETTING ON TRUCK 0.20 4. LAS RESCUE TEAM ON BOARD TRUCK 0.25 5. SLV TRUCK LEAVING; TRACKING SHOT TEAM ON WAY TO EVACUATION SITE 0.50 6. SLV RESCUE TEAM SEARCHING THROUGH RUBBLE 0.54 7. SCU TEAM LEADER SPEAKING TO OWNER OF THREE-STOREY SHOPHOUSE 1.03 8. MV TEAM DRILLING 1.15 9. SCU SPECIAL CAMERA EQUIPMENT ENTERED INTO HOLE 1.20 10. MV TEAM LOOKING AT SCREEN 1.26 11. MV SEARCH DOG "MACI" WORKING THROUGH RUBBLES; MV MEMBER OF RESCUE TEAM ENTERING ENTRY HOLE; CLOSEUP OF DRILL ENLARGING HOLE 1.50 12. SCU MAN WATCHING; MV MORE OF RESCUE TEAM WORKING 2.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2005 13:00
- Location: GUNUNGSITOLI, NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Reuters ID: LVA2QEJNAY7DR3QXC30CKQVE3TY0
- Story Text: Hungarian rescue dog helps evacuation team in
quake-hit Indonesia island.
A rescue dog brought to Indonesia's quake-ravaged
Nias island by a team of expert volunteers from Hungary is
proving crucial in helping search through the rubble from
last week's massive earthquake.
"Maci", a specially trained German Shepherd whose name
means 'deer', was one of two dogs who has been helping with
the retrieval of bodies still trapped under collapsed homes
The 8.7 magnitude quake that struck Nias and other
islands off the west coast of Sumatra on March 28 is feared
to have killed as many as 2,000 people.
"The priority is to save human lives, of course, rescue
and search for any survivor in the disaster zone. We
arrived here with 14 people plus two specially trained dogs
and special equipment for searching for survivors. The
group is Hungarian Baptist Aid and we have found more than
30 bodies so far here. In the past we also worked in
Turkey, Iran and Colombia," said evacuation leader Laszlo
The latest official government count of the dead from
the quake so far is less than 600, more than 500 of those
on Nias. The figures, however, comprise only recovered
With many of the areas affected isolated and heavy
equipment only now arriving to help clear rubble from
damaged buildings, it could be weeks before final figures
The search for bodies nevertheless continue, although
hope of finding any survivors has dwindled to near zero.
The last survivor whom rescuers manage to pull out alive
was five days after the disaster.
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