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Hopes wane for Java quake survivors YOGYAKARTA - Rescuers said Tuesday that hopes were waning of finding more survivors from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 5,400 people in central Indonesia. The bleak assessment from the head of Malyasia's rescue team came as homeless survivors living in rice fields and makeshift shacks begged for food and water.

Soldiers on Monday began delivering bags of rice to village chiefs in the mountainous quake zone on the island of Java, but survivors called the aid meager and slow. The United Nations planned a global appeal, saying relief money was running low. "We have 300 families in this village and have only gotten two sacks of rice," said Lastri, 27, holding a 5-month-old. "It's not enough."

Indonesia's Social Affairs Ministry on Tuesday raised the death toll to 5,427. The head of an emergency response team from Malaysia said it didn't expect to find any more survivors or bodies under the rubble. "The collapsed homes were all so small that anyone who was trapped would have been extracted by their family members," said Supt. Abdul Aziz Ahmad. He said his team had only found one body on Monday.

Thousands of people including children and the elderly lined main roads in the area of Saturday's 6.3-magnitude quake, holding out whatever containers they could find to hold donations to buy rice, oil and candles. "Please give me something, I'm hungry," 7-year-old Sari told passing drivers, standing beside a group of children carrying banners that read "We have not gotten any aid" and "Help us."

A plane chartered by the U.N. children's agency touched down near the disaster area, and the United States, which pledged $2.5 million, said 100 military doctors and nurses were en route with surgical, dental and other equipment. But rough roads in mountainous central Java and new cracks in the runway at the region's main airport hampered delivery efforts.


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Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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