Tuesday, April 05, 2005

70 percent Acehnese in mental stress from Tsunami

Indonesia says 70 percent of Acehnese showing signs of mental stress from tsunami

JAKARTA (AP): More than three months after the Indian Ocean tsunami, 70 percent of survivors in Indonesia are showing signs of psychological problems, ranging from anxiety to depression, the government said Monday.

It said the absence of a functioning mental health system has hampered efforts to treat an expected 400,000 patients in Aceh province, which bore the brunt of the Dec. 26 earthquake-tsunami.

All efforts by Indonesian authorities and the international community are "still not yet adequate," the government said in a report presented at two-day seminar aimed at formulating a psycho-social program for tsunami survivors.



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