Our correspondent Kate Thwaites is on the ground in Padang, reporting on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
Natural disasters have wreaked havoc across our region this week. Typhoon Ketsana tore through the Philippines last weekend and has since devastated Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with floods that have forced thousands to flee. On Wednesday morning a tsunami struck Samoa after an earthquake struck just off the coast, and that night a deadly 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
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