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From Indonesia: First UNICEF relief arrives in Indonesia

JAKARTA, 31 December 2004 - Emergency medical kits for 200,000 victims of the Boxing Day Earthquake and tsunami arrived in Jakarta airport today on route to Sumatra tomorrow.

The kits contain basic medicines and first aid gear to supply an individual for about two weeks.

This is the first wave of relief from UNICEF. Another $10 million dollars worth of supplies are on their way over the next few weeks. More than 4.5 million people have been affected by the disaster with at least half a million homeless.

The health kits include anti malaria tables, water purification tablets, oral rehydration salts to combat dehydration in children suffering diarrhea, and a first aid kit.

Indonesia’s logistic network is being stretched to breaking point with bottlenecks in Jakarta, Medan, a major centre south of Aceh undamaged by the earthquake, and at the airport in Banda Aceh.

In Aceh basic infrastructure has broken down. There is no fuel, water or sanitation, little transport or power supplies and the health system virtually destroyed.

A UNICEF team is on the ground coordinating activities and other UNICEF staff and equipment will arrive within 48 hours.


For more information, please contact:

In Indonesia: John Budd + 62 811 936 437, GMT +7 hrs




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