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Saturday's quake displaces some 660,000 people BANTUL - Some 660,000 people have turned into homeless in Yogyakarta province after their houses were flattened by a powerful earthquake, killing more than 5,800 people, an official said on Wednesday. Saturday's magnitude-6.3 quake pounded more than 135,000 houses into piles of bricks, tiles and wood in less than a minute.

Bambang Priyohadi, a senior Yogyakarta's provincial government official, said some 30 percent of the total displaced people were still without any shelters. "Others are scattered in temporary shelters or staying with relatives or friends," said Bambang on Wednesday. Meanwhile, international rescue workers rushed to get medical care, water and shelter to those people, aided by the reopening of the airport closest to the disaster zone.

International aid from various countries is also still flowing to the province, but there are still many survivors, who complained that they had not received any assistance. Antara news agency reported that a plane from Tehran carried Iranian aid landed in Adi Sumarmo airport in Surakarta, East Java on Wednesday, said Mohammad Taghi Rajabi, a secretary II of the Iranian embassy in Jakarta.

According to Rajabi, the plane also carried 50 members of medical team from the Persian country. Meanwhile, the main hospital in hardest-hit Bantul district was overwhelmed, with patients cramming corridors or sleeping on pieces of cardboard on the parking lot, and doctors complained of a lack of supplies. The main hospital in Bantul was overwhelmed with more than 400 patients and just over 100 beds, and doctors complained of a lack of supplies.

"We are short of splints, gauze, even beds," said Dr. Hidayat, the hospital's earthquake emergency coordinator, adding that 90 percent of the victims had bone fractures. "The minute we get fresh splits, they are gone," he was quoted by AP assaying. But conditions improved at several other hospitals, where parking lots and hallways that had been filled with hundreds of victims in the days after the quake were clear, with most patients now being treated in beds.


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Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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