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13 June, 2006

Indonesia earthquake: two weeks on

Two weeks after an earthquake struck the central Indonesian island of Java in Indonesia Oxfam's emergency relief effort has reached 130,000 stricken survivors.

An enormous amount has been achieved by Oxfam staff, and partners, but there's a huge job still to be done. The Indonesian Government now estimates up to 122,301* homes have been destroyed and 415,169* have suffered some level of damage. The Government estimates the number of people left homeless could be as high as 1.5 million**, and the death toll is at 5,722*.

Mat Cousins, Oxfam's Earthquake Response Programme Manager, says: "I think the earthquake has caused more widespread destruction than first thought, and the needs of people affected are enormous. It's going to take people a long time to recover from this disaster."

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