World Vision Distributing Medical and Survival Items to Indonesia Quake Victims

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Initial response focused in hardest-hit Bantul and Klaten districts.

World Vision distributed its first shipment of emergency supplies today to several hundred villagers in Bantul, the district hardest hit by Friday’s 6.3 earthquake in Indonesia. Items included nearly 400 tarps for shelter, several hundred blankets and clothing items, and dozens of temporary beds.

“The villagers greatly appreciated the aid because it was the first help they had received so far,” said World Vision Relief Officer Iwan Raharja, who organized the distribution.

World Vision has already dispatched additional relief goods to reach another 1,500 families in Bantul over the next few days. Items will include hygiene kits, cooking supplies, and hundreds more tarps and temporary beds.

Meanwhile, World Vision’s 15-member relief team is racing to complete an initial assessment of needs in Bantul and Klaten districts, while simultaneously distributing relief supplies and providing medical care and support.

“Conditions are most desperate in the rural villages,” reports World Vision staff doctor Ronald Gunawan, who toured Bantul district this morning. “Here, 80 to 90 percent of homes and building have been destroyed.”

Gunawan also assessed the medical needs in Bantul city, visiting several community health centers and the main public hospital. “1200 patients have arrived at this hospital, which has capacity for only 200,” he said. “The injured are being treated in the parking lot and on the ground outside.”

World Vision plans to support overwhelmed health centers in the area with medicines, hygiene kits, tents, supplies of clean water, sanitation facilities, and other medical supplies.

Meanwhile, with the death toll now topping 4,600, the Indonesian government has declared a state of emergency. Thousands more are injured and as many as 200,000 are thought to be homeless.

Area families have been forced to sleep out in the open, in streets, fields, and narrow rice paddies. Even some whose houses are still standing have remained outside for fear of another serious earthquake. Several hundred aftershocks have kept local residents uneasy since the 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck early Saturday morning.

The quake is the worst disaster to hit Indonesia since a 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunamis devastated its western Aceh province—and several other countries across the region—in December 2004. World Vision has helped more than 1 million tsunami survivors across Asia rebuild their lives, including thousands in hardest-hit Indonesia.

World Vision is asking for donations to provide emergency items to as many affected families as possible. A donation of $50 can help one family survive these first critical days and weeks with essentials like blankets, plastic tarps for shelter, basic hygiene products, cooking supplies, and more.

World Vision has been working in Indonesia for nearly 50 years to help improve children’s lives. We are providing communities in need with access to health care, education, agricultural improvements, small loans for poor entrepreneurs, and other essentials that help break the cycle of poverty.

For more information, please visit http://www.worldvision.org.

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.

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)

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