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At least 43,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

  • Earthquake survivors rest and reflect at a temporary shelter in Ulim, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. A large number of people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of the province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Earthquake survivors rest and reflect at a temporary shelter in Ulim, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. A large number of people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of the province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Earthquake survivor Fakriyah tries to balance herself as she walks on the rubble at her shop damaged during Wednesday's earthquake in Tringgading, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Over a hundred people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of the province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Earthquake survivor Fakriyah tries to balance herself as she walks on the rubble at her shop damaged during Wednesday's earthquake in Tringgading, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Over a hundred people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of the province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Faisal Marwan, left, who was injured in Wednesday's earthquake, stands on the ruins of his shop as police officers clear the rubble in Tringgading, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Over a hundred of people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of the province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Faisal Marwan, left, who was injured in Wednesday's earthquake, stands on the ruins of his shop as police officers clear the rubble in Tringgading, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Over a hundred of people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of the province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)  (The Associated Press)

At least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities.

The estimate of the number of homeless people continues to grow while relief efforts fan out across the three districts near the epicenter of Wednesday's magnitude 6.5 quake, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement

"The basic needs of refugees must be met during the evacuation," it said.

Humanitarian groups are now coordinating their efforts from a main command post in the worst affected district Pidie Jaya, the agency said.

At least 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in the quake, which also destroyed or damaged more than 11,000 buildings. The displaced are staying in temporary shelters and mosques or with relatives.

On Saturday, sniffer dogs were again used in the search for bodies and possible survivors in the devastated town of Meureudu, where a market filled with shop houses was largely flattened. Four other locations in Pidie Jaya are also the focus of search efforts.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo traveled Friday to worst-hit areas of the province and promised to rebuild communities.