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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Geoff Thompson joins me now from the city of Padang.

Geoff, what will the Australians be contributing to the aid effort?

GEOFF THOMPSON, INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT: Well, Leigh, I can tell you they'd be very welcome here
tonight at the Hotel Ambacang behind me. There was a great flurry of excitement when it was thought
that eight people may have survived and be in a room on the top floor. An SMS was apparently
received by a family member. All the excavators were turned off and a Swiss sniffing dog team went
in there to see what they could do, but unfortunately, they haven't been able to find anything at
the moment. Now, a similar sort of search and rescue team is on one of those Australian flights,
along with military engineers and a medical team, all of which would be very welcome here at the

LEIGH SALES: Well let's hope they can get some good news there with those people that might be
trapped. Give us some idea of the scale of destruction in Padang and beyond.

GEOFF THOMPSON: Look, here in Padang it's really a mixed scene of destruction. A lot of buildings
have very severe cracks; some have obviously completely collapsed, and that's where most of the
dead people are. Other areas seem largely unaffected. But what we really don't know is the extent
of the damage in some of the remote areas. There is a place called Pasaman which is north on the
coast of - north of Padang, and no-one has actually reached that place yet and they can only do so
with helicopters. That's the sort of thing that the Australian Navy Sea King helicopter, which is
coming with HMAS Kanimbla tomorrow, that's the sort of thing they'll be able to assist with.

LEIGH SALES: So, Geoff, along with that, what will be the other main challenges over the coming

GEOFF THOMPSON: Look, it's still highly possible that there are survivors in these large buildings.
There's so many sort of potential pockets of air. It seemed from the outside that some entire rooms
could still be intact in some places. Finding those people alive is obviously the most urgent
thing. And the other key challenge is getting to these remote places where no-one has reached, and
there are reports, at least they haven't been completely established, but of hundreds of homes, if
not thousands of homes, collapsing in some of these more remote places.

LEIGH SALES: OK, Geoff Thompson in Padang, thank you very much for bringing us up to date.