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Red Cross sends 200 volunteers to Java

AM - Tuesday, 18 July , 2006 08:22:00

Reporter: Jennifer Macey

TONY EASTLEY: The Indonesian Red Cross Society has sent 200 volunteers and an emergency response
team to help the thousands of people affected by the Pangandaran earthquake and tsunami.

According to reports from field officers, 105 people are dead, 127 are missing and more than 2,000
people have fled the area.

While reports say the tsunami wave was not as devastating as in Aceh in 2005, two villages near
Pangandaran beach have been destroyed.

Jennifer Macey spoke to Putu Suriawan, a disaster response officer with the Indonesian Red Cross
Society.

PUTU SURIAWAN: From the coastal area, there's 200 metres, the wave coming into the coastal area,
and also many buildings damaged, totally damaged and collapsed after the tsunami in Pangandaran.

JENNIFER MACEY: How many people have been affected?

PUTU SURIAWAN: 10 districts are getting impact after the earthquake, 10 districts in three
provinces.

We're getting information from the volunteers and also the response teams, from the Red Cross in
Pangandaran and in other places.

There's 105 people dead, there's 148 people injured and 127 people missing. There's many people who
panicked and they're going to other places, to the safe places, to the high places, to the hill
places.

There's around 2,075 people already evacuated to the safe places. Every half hour our team and our
contact person in the other places, they will give the information.

JENNIFER MACEY: So what have they described? What does it look like there? How many buildings have
been destroyed?

PUTU SURIAWAN: There's two villages, two villages near the coastal area in Pangandaran is totally
collapsed, totally damaged and collapsed after the tsunami and earthquake.

And also, in other places like in (inaudible), there's many houses and public facilities, like a
school, traditional market or fisherman and also the boats for the fisherman, many are broken,
totally collapsed after the tsunami.

There's around three provinces in the coastal area where there's some damage also. Some places like
Pangandaran, until now the electricity is still cut off, because there are many buildings which
have collapsed and also there are many electric facilities which have broken down.

JENNIFER MACEY: So thousands of people could be affected?

PUTU SURIAWAN: Many people are homeless now and our teams, they've still kept up the emergency
centres and local government, they established... they set up some tents for the people and the
people now they need some food for the first time and I think a blanket also, because now the wind
is very hard from the sea.

And we already have 5,000 families and we'll be mobilised this morning from Yogyakarta to the other
places.

TONY EASTLEY: Putu Suriawan a disaster response officer with the Indonesian Red Cross Society
speaking there with AM's Jennifer Macey.