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3,700 dead, Indonesia struggles to heal BANTUL - Thousands of exhausted and grieving survivors dug through their crumpled homes on Sunday searching for clothes, food and valuables after a powerful earthquake hit central Indonesia, killing more than 3,700. The magnitude-6.3 quake struck early Saturday and injured thousands more in the heart of densely populated Java island, in the country's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a nearby rumbling volcano would erupt.

The disaster zone stretched across hundreds of square kilometres of mostly farming communities in Yogyakarta province. The worst devastation was in the town of Bantul, where more than 2,400 people were killed and 80 percent of the homes were flattened. "I have to start my life from zero again," said Poniran, whose five-year-old daughter Ellie was killed in the quake.

Poniran dug up his still-breathing daughter from the rubble of her bedroom, but she died in a hospital awaiting treatment along with hundreds of others. "Her last words were 'Daddy, Daddy,'" he said. Tens of thousands of people spent Satur night sleeping in any open space available—on streets, cassava fields, even on the narrow paths between rice fields. Power and telephone service was out across much of the region, adding to the terror of aftershocks.

About 450 aftershocks had shaken the region as of midday Sunday, with the strongest measuring magnitude 5.2, said Handi, an official at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who uses only one name. Survivors searched the ruins of their homes on Sunday for anything still usable and complained that they hadn't received any aid. "We're short of everything—clothes, food, water, all are gone. We are poor people, but our lives still matter," said Budi Wiyana, 63, whose house was destroyed.


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Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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