Indonesia: earthquake disaster in Java

Yogyakarta and surroundings

By Peter Symonds:

Earthquake kills more than 5,100 on Indonesian island of Java

29 May 2006

A major earthquake struck the heavily-populated Indonesian island of Java early on Saturday morning, leaving a terrible trail of death and destruction near the city of Yogyakarta.

Major buildings and thousands of homes have been flattened, rail and road transport disrupted and the city’s international airport was closed after the runway cracked.

According to the latest official tally today, the death toll has reached 5,115, but the final figure could be much higher.

Volunteers, rescue workers and soldiers continued to search through the rubble yesterday for trapped survivors. The actual number of casualties will probably never be known. …

Likewise the official condolences of US President George Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and other world leaders reek of insincerity.

Despite the enormity of the crisis facing hundreds of thousands of people in central Java, the US has pledged just $2.5 million, Britain $5.5 million and Australia $2.3 million ($A3 million).

As in the case of the tsunami and other international disasters, whether these paltry promises actually materialise remains to be seen.

Also the famous medieval Prambanan temple near Yogyakarta was damaged by the quake.

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