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|Feby, 11, receives medical attention at the Pangandaran public hospital in west Java after a tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages there on 17 July.|
By Sabine Dolan
NEW YORK, USA, 18 July 2006 – Supplies are making their way to Indonesia’s island of Java, where a tsunami struck on Monday, leaving hundreds of people dead and tens of thousands homeless.
Nearly 400 people have died and more than 200 are missing. Rescue workers continue their search for survivors and are assisting the injured.
The epicentre of the earthquake that triggered the tsunami was located offshore near the beach resort of Pangandaran in Central Java. The US Geological Survey said the first quake measured 7.7 on the Richter scale and was followed by several aftershocks.
The resulting tsunami sent six-foot waves crashing ashore and sent thousands running for higher ground.
According to the latest reports, over 31,000 people have been displaced by the earthquake and tsunami. Most are being sheltered temporarily in community halls, schools and mosques. Many were evacuated due to their trauma and fear of another tsunami.
Concerns for welfare of children
In the worst-affected region near Pangandaran, UNICEF Emergency Officer Lina Sofiani visited a camp housing 2,000 displaced people and reported that emergency supplies are urgently needed to tend to their immediate needs.
UNICEF supplies are scheduled to arrive in the area on Wednesday from Yogyakarta, Central Java. The shipment will include water bladders, 1,000 hygiene kits, 5,000 jerry cans for carrying safe water, recreation supplies and basic emergency kits.
UNICEF is also concerned about the welfare of children who have been separated from their families, but the number of displaced or separated children is still not confirmed.
“The Red Cross says 30 per cent of internally displaced people are children,” said Ms. Sofiani.
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