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SUNDAY, 18 JULY, 1976 No. 171/76

AUSTRALIAN SHIP AIDS EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Parties from the Australian destroyer escort HMAS

Parramatta are working day and night to aid victims of the .

earthquake in northern Bali.

The ship arrived off the small north coast port o f j

Buleleng yesterday (Saturday) afternoon after first conferring

with Indonesian authorities at Benoa. 1

The commanding officer, Commander G.W. Furlong,

reported today that the 500 buildings in the town of Seririt

had been completely devestated. The inhabitants were still

in a state of shock, and feared further earth tremors.

Survivors were sleeping in the open, in fields, on roadways,

or in makeshift huts. However, all dead and seriously injured

had been taken to hospital.

Commander Furlong reported that he put ashore a party

of 25 men to work through the night, and 100 men had moved into the

area today. This pattern would continue while the ship remained

in Bali.

Tasks being undertaken by the sailors include restoring

the town's electric power distribution system, clearing the .

debris of buildings in the market place and the secondary school,

and the rebuilding of one or possibly more buildings.

The ship has also provided a doctor and first aid

party to tour outlying villages with the town's doctor.

Supplies of drugs are short in Seririt and Commander

Furlong has requested emergency supplies of anti-biotics, rabies .. . / 2

serum, and syringes.

RAN and Army personnel in Sydney today collected the

supplies requested and they will be flown to Bali tomorrow on

a Garuda aircraft leaving Kingsford Smith airport at 9 a.m.

(flight 8999) . ‘

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