Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Rises; Aid Group Islamic Relief Responds - Islamic Relief USA

BURBANK, CA (May 27, 2006) – Thousands of people have been killed and injured after a deadly earthquake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck before 6:00 am local time on Saturday off the island’s coast.

The Indonesian Health Minister, Siti Fadillah Supari, described the situation as “very serious.”  Supari further noted that “medical teams are on their way to the south where they need it most.” Some 200,000 people have fled their homes as a result of the earthquake.

Islamic Relief has already allocated over $928,000 for initial emergency projects and is appealing for a further $3.7 million for the victims of the disaster.

Islamic Relief has already began distributing blankets, clean water, food, and hygiene kits and is coordinating efforts with domestic and international agencies in the area.

In December 2004, Indonesia was hit by a devastating tsunami that claimed over 170,000 lives and left more than 500,000 people homeless.

Islamic Relief’s post-tsunami activities have benefited about 150,000 people in Indonesia thus far. For its tsunami relief efforts, Islamic Relief has collected over $29 million of aid in the form of cash, pledges and in-kind donations.

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