World Vision Delivers Aid To Indonesia Quake Survivors, More On The Way

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Powerful quake claims at least 3,500 lives, injures thousands

World Vision relief teams have dispatched a truckload of blankets, tarps and clothing to the people left homeless by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck central Java, Indonesia, last Friday.

An additional $200,000 worth of emergency supplies, including medical goods, will be procured and distributed by World Vision in the next few days, says World Vision Communications Manager Hendro Suwito. About 15 World Vision workers had arrived in the area by Sunday morning local time to distribute the supplies and assess further needs.

“The families in the southern part of Yogyakarta were hit the hardest from this earthquake,” says Suwito. “The people are overwhelmed…they are crying for more medical supplies and doctors. The good news is that many skilled volunteers are arriving today.”

Government reports put the death count at 3,500—but the numbers may continue to rise as more bodies are recovered. In several villages in the Bantul district, about 80 percent of the houses have collapsed.

The quake is the worst disaster to hit Indonesia since a 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunamis struck the Asia region in December 2004. World Vision has helped more than 1 million tsunami survivors across Asia rebuild their lives, including thousands in the Aceh province of Indonesia.

For more information on World Vision’s response, or on ways to help, please visit http://www.worldvision.org.

Contacts:

Brian Peterson, World Vision (407) 445-6484 (office); (407) 491-2399 (mobile)

Rachel Wolff, World Vision (253) 815-2072 (office); (253) 394-2214 (mobile)

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. We serve the world’s poor—regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit http://www.worldvision.org.

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