06 June, 2006

Indonesia: IOM delivers medicine and hundreds of tons of rice to earthquake affected communities in Java

IOM today begins delivering critically-needed medical supplies and hundreds of tons of rice from government warehouses in Klaten, Central Java, to remote areas hard hit by the May 27th earthquake on Java island.

The initiatives are the latest in a series of health and transportation support services IOM launched following the dawn earthquake, which killed an estimated 6,400 people and left tens of thousands homeless in the nation’s agricultural heartland.

Local officials and international agencies responding to the emergency are concerned about the lack of follow-up medical services in remote areas. Numerous clinics in Klaten district were flattened by the earthquake leaving medicine in short supply for dedicated local physicians and nurses working out of tents and tarpaulins.

IOM delivered medical supplies to six clinics in Cawas and Karang Dowo sub-districts in Klaten on Tuesday, where an estimated 30,000 people are homeless and plans call for distributions in coming days to Bantul district in neighbouring Yogjakarta province where 16 of 26 clinics were destroyed.

At the request of the Indonesian government, IOM provided dozens of trucks to transport 500 tons of rice to earthquake affected villages. Eighty-five trucks left a government warehouse in Klaten this morning and a further 10 trucks are delivering supplies to Bantul district.

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