Saturday, May 27, 2006

Earthquake in Yogyakarta

More than 2,700 people have been reported dead after an earthquake struck Yogyakarta, a densely populated capital of Yogyakarta province, at dawn today. The earthquake's epicenter is close the tumultous volcano Mt. Merapi which has been pouring lava and spouting smokes and debris. One town near Yogyakarta, Bantul, has been flattened. It is feared that this earthquake may increase the activity of the volcano and thus worsen the situation.

News here and here

My friends in Yogyakarta are safe, although there is chaos everywhere because the electricity supply has been cut off. The airport is closed because the runway is cracked. Prayers and help needed. Will post more details on how we can help soon.

UPDATE: links to donate below

Catholic Relief Services is already there; they've been stationed to anticipate the volcanic eruption.

(For those who can read Bahasa) Dana Kemanusiaan Kompas


IDEP Foundation


Virgin said...

very sorrowful event. May the souls of these innocent victims and the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen.

Bravo said...

I was hanging out with some of the Aceh mission trip guys on Sunday... we were guessing that we might get "recall" for this earthquake issue.

So far ACCT will only be sending medical aid, no teams are sent over yet...