Meulaboh

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Meulaboh
Town
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawiملابوه
The great mosque of Meulaboh after the 2004 tsunami.
Meulaboh is located in Indonesia
Meulaboh
Meulaboh
Coordinates: 4°8′N 96°7′E / 4.133°N 96.117°E / 4.133; 96.117Coordinates: 4°8′N 96°7′E / 4.133°N 96.117°E / 4.133; 96.117
CountryIndonesia
ProvinceAceh
Time zoneUTC+7 (WIB)

Meulaboh (or Moulabouh) was the capital of West Aceh Regency, Indonesia, as of July 8, 2013 is an independent city Kota.

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Meulaboh is about 245 km southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province. Meulaboh is located in the western part of Sumatra island.

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake event[edit]

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicle from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is delivering materials and supplies needed by the citizens of Meulaboh.

"The casualty rates in Meulaboh defy imagination,"[This quote needs a citation] said Aitor Lacomba, Indonesian director of aid group International Rescue Committee. "Tens of thousands need immediate assistance there."[This quote needs a citation]

A damaged airstrip was cleared, enabling International Red Cross medical teams from Japan, Spain and Singapore to begin treating survivors. Red Cross engineer Sara Escudero said "There is a strong smell of putrefaction and, whilst body retrieval has commenced, it can be assumed that there are still hundreds, possibly thousands of bodies remaining underneath the debris".[This quote needs a citation]

The Red Cross said it would use Meulaboh as an aid staging post for the Sumatran west coast. The government of Singapore deployed two helicopter landing ships there.

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