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Flimsy tents now home for Indonesia quake survivors YOGYAKARTA - Tens of thousands of Indonesians took refuge in flimsy tents in the earthquake-hit region of Java island on Thursday, as officials urged a stop to aid distribution by night to prevent theft and looting. Rescue workers were still pulling dead bodies from the rubble of the 6.3 magnitude quake, which struck at dawn on Saturday and levelled entire villages around the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta, reducing homes to piles of wood, tiles and tin.

Estimates of the number of people displaced or left homeless by the quake that killed at least 6,234 people were unclear, but a provincial official said it had destroyed or damaged 130,000 homes. "At this moment the number of homeless is not clear, but why don't you calculate from the numbers of homes damaged?" Bambang Susanto Priyohadi, Yogyakarta provincial secretary, told Reuters.

Some survivors complained of looting and in remote areas aid vehicles were being given police escort for protection from desperate survivors and thieves. Police have also asked that relief not be delivered at night. "In some regions the lamps are not working and some people see this as an opportunity to steal," student volunteer Arief Budiman, who has been helping keep watch at night in the Bantul village of Baturetno, told Reuters. "Almost all villages are conducting nightwatches to prevent stealing," said Budiman.

Patients evacuated

Many survivors have constructed shelters from the ruins of their homes and are living in squalid conditions. Health workers had raised fears of disease due to unhygienic living conditions, but the United Nations said the chances of a public health crisis emerging were slim because the homeless were relatively dispersed. "A lot of people are suffering from high blood pressure and depression. People run away from tents each time helicopters are here," said Triwinarsih, a midwife at a healthcare centre. "I am worried there could be a diarrhoea outbreak because of poor sanitation."

There were no signs of disease outbreaks so far, but medicines were being sent to affected areas to prevent any epidemic. Survivors were being immunised against measles. Thousands of injured people are packed into hospitals and officials say even people who are healthy and in no need of further medical treatment try to stay there because of lack of shelter, food and clean water in their home areas.

The government has been evacuating patients to more distant cities to relieve overcrowding. "More than 22,000 patients have been treated in 29 local hospitals, field hospitals, health centres and mobile clinics," the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement. "However, local health facilities continue to be overwhelmed, especially as the population has no homes to which to return."


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Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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