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Java earthquake death toll nears 5,700 YOGYAKARTA - The death toll from the Indonesian earthquake pushed neared 5,700 as hopes faded of finding more survivors from Indonesia's latest quake. International aid was on Tuesday beginning to stream into Java island, where the quake struck at the weekend leaving many in urgent need of medical assistance.

The head of an emergency response team from Malaysia told The Associated Press he didn't expect to find more bodies three days after the quake struck. "The collapsed homes were all so small that anyone who was trapped would have been extracted by their family members," Supt. Abdul Aziz Ahmad told AP.

Aid workers have said survivors are in desperate need of emergency hospital care and tents for shelter, some waiting days for help. On Tuesday, Indonesia's president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, visited hard-hit towns to review relief efforts and promised to improve the distribution of aid as officials raised the death toll to 5,698.

Thousands of survivors are believed to be in need of medical care after Saturday's early morning quake, which destroyed houses as residents slept. The World Food Program said some 20,000 people were in dire need of help. About 1,700 people lay scattered across the floors of Yogyakarta's main hospital, which has beds for about 750 patients on Monday, and doctors reported running short of critical drugs.

"There's also a growing shortage of basic medical supplies -- antibiotics, bandages -- as the hospital becomes more and more crowded," aid worker Susan Treadwell said. Several hospitals have been destroyed and many more overwhelmed. A spokesman for the president said getting field hospitals and tents to those most in need was the top priority, and the challenge was to move quickly.

"We are making progress day by day," presidential spokesman Dino Djalal told CNN Tuesday, adding they had discovered new areas where aid was needed. Heavy rain and damaged roads have hindered efforts to help survivors, forcing thousands of those left homeless to forage for food and shelter. Rescuers are being hampered by the rain, power outages and the closure of a local airport.

"We have 300 families in this village and have only gotten two sacks of rice," Lastri, 27, holding a 5-month-old, told The Associated Press. "It's not enough."


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Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 18:12 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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