Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Indonesia earthquake death toll passes 5800

Another staggering tragedy that requires everyone's help. One because people need food, water, medicine, etc. and two, because the UN is coordinating it.

Indonesia has upped the death toll from the earthquake which hit the island of Java on Saturday to more than 5,800.

Large quantities of aid started flowing into affected areas, and the UN spoke of "enormous progress" being made.

[...] The 6.3 magnitude quake near the city of Yogyakarta left thousands injured and as many as 200,000 without homes.

Donations from around the world have continued to arrive as the relief operation, involving at least 22 countries, gathered pace.

[...] The UN has set up a co-ordination centre close to the airport to bring order to the flow of goods.

More international medical teams have flown in to help treat the injured, including personnel from the US, Japan and a 40-strong team and five tonnes of medical supplies from China.

The UN loves to coordinate, usually inbetween lobster lunches from their 5 star hotels.

All kidding aside, if you haven't donated yet, please do. Like the tsunami victims, these people will need our help.