Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Earthquake Strikes Indonesia. International Aid Beginning to Flow In

Source: CNN Coverage

ADB Press Release

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday. The quake left an estimated 100,000 homeless and a death toll rising over 5700.

As other quakes hit the nations of Papua New Guinea and Tonga, hospitals in Indonesia were left struggling to support the many survivors in need of treatment. Some area hospitals were crumbled by the quake. Those surviving are in need of basic supplies.

Countries and groups from around the world have agreed to send millions in aid. The Asian Development Bank has offered $10 million in immediate grant assistance, as well as $50 million in soft loans. The United Nations, Spain, and the US have also dispatched various forms of aid.

Another cause for concern is nearby Mount Merapi, a volcano that has been under watch for weeks. Scientists are carefully studying the effects of the quake on the volcano. They have noted the volcano has emitted an average of 150 hot clouds a day since the quake, which is 3 times its prior average.

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