Monday May 29, 2006
Red Cross has launched an appeal to support communities affected by disasters in Indonesia, including the 27 May earthquake that shook the Indonesian island of Java.
Government figures indicate that more than 5,000 people are dead, at least 3,000 injured and a further 200,000 homeless. It is feared that these figures may continue to rise.
The Australian Red Cross 'Indonesian Disaster Appeal 2006' has been launched in support of the global emergency appeal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) which aims to raise approximately $12.9 million to assist about 200,000 people over the next eight months
According to Robert Tickner, CEO of Australian Red Cross, the Red Cross response to the quake has been swift and decisive.
'More than 400 Red Cross volunteers and staff were immediately deployed to the quake zone, along with Red Cross medical experts and a rapid assessment team,' he said.
'Five Red Cross medical teams are already on the ground, with a further five on their way and expected to arrive soon. In addition, a Red Cross field hospital with a surgical ward has been sent to Yogyakarta.'
Local Red Cross volunteers have been distributing food, bottled water, tents, tarpaulins and other essential items. Additional medical supplies, as well as 1,000 family tents and 10 field kitchens - more than half of which are already operational - have been shipped to the earthquake zone.
Initial assessments indicate that between 70 and 90 per cent of buildings have been damaged or destroyed in some parts of the impact zone, including the island's ancient capital of Yogyakarta.
'The people of Indonesia have suffered so much over the past 18 months,' said Mr Tickner. 'From the tsunami to the Nias earthquake, the bombings in Bali last October and now this catastrophic event.
'As ever Australian Red Cross and the global Red Cross family stands as one to provide meaningful and lasting support to the people of Indonesia and our sister society, the Indonesian Red Cross.'
To donate to the Indonesian Disaster Appeal 2006:
- Visit www.redcross.org.au to make a secure online donation
- Call 1800 811 700 toll free
- Send a cheque to GPO Box 2957 Melbourne VIC 8060 marked Indonesian Disaster Appeal 2006
Donations to the Indonesian Disaster Appeal 2006 will support communities affected by disasters in Indonesia, including the recent Java Earthquake. Donations will be used for the following activities:
- To provide support to the Indonesian Red Cross directly or through the International Red Cross Emergency Appeal in responding to disasters in Indonesia
- To fund the deployment of specialist aid workers to assist in the International Red Cross response
- To support future Australian Red Cross assistance programs in Indonesia
- To support the ongoing development of the Indonesian Red Cross
NOTE: Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation for an international appeal to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will use any excess funds to help people affected by emergencies within the same region of the world.