» 05/27/2006, 00.00
Java quake: rescue work tough; army mobilizes
The official death toll is over 2,700. Parishes are coming together to free those buried by the ruins. Bridges and roads are destroyed so it is difficult to reach the wounded to ferry them to hospital. Local medics are pleading for reinforcements from nearby areas.
Thousands killed and wounded in Java quake
The quake took place this morning around Yogyakarta, flattening houses and affecting thousands of people. The president has called out the army. Hospitals are already full to overflowing: doctors are being forced to operate outside. Mosques and churches are hosting displaced people.
Tragedy of Java quake survivors
Masses for victims are being held in parishes across central Java; many people from Jakarta are trying to reach relatives in quake-hit zones, desperately seeking rail or bus tickets. Survivors will spend the night out of doors, without electricity.
Fund raising and outdoor masses for Java Catholics
Despite the tragic situation, parishioners in the area destroyed by the quake went to mass to respond to the invitation of the pope to "pray for victims, their families and survivors". Functions were held outdoors for fear that more buildings may collapse.
Quake death toll rises
The death toll has surpassed 3,300; the number of injured is "unclear". The pope, "profoundly saddened to hear about the devastating quake", prayed for "victims and their families", and "invited rescuers to persevere in efforts to deliver relief and support". The Italian bishops will donate two million euros.
Indonesian Church: more than 100,000 dollars for Java quake survivors
The Crisis Centre of the Indonesian Bishops' Conference, which has been on the frontline to offer aid, has declared the emergency phase is winding up in Yogyakarta region. The director has declared he is "proud of the response from different communities". More than 100,000 dollars were raised in Indonesia alone in just over 10 days.
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