30 July, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/05/2006
INDONESIA
Java: Starting from scratch after quake
by Mathias Hariyadi

AsiaNews visited the areas hardest hit by the 27 May quake in Java: Wedi, Gantiwarno and Bayat in Klaten regency. Here are the stories of survivors, who search among the ruins for items of value, and who are paralyzed by terror. The tragedy has led to previously unheard-of trends, like begging and heavy vehicle traffic.



Wedi (AsiaNews) – By day, they remove the debris of what was once their home, and they build makeshift shelters that line the streets. By night, they try to sleep, in the cold, in a tent, but aftershocks prevent peaceful slumber. And no help is coming from the government. This is life in Wedi, Gantiwarno and Bayat districts in Klaten Regency, one week after a tragic earthquake that killed 5,782 people on the Indonesian island of Java. AsiaNews visited these places, more or less forgotten by the media and the authorities, and talked to survivors.

The quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale completely destroyed 30 villages and flattened 40,000 homes.

Ganesha is a university student from Jember whose parents are from Wedi, to where he rushed after the disaster. He told AsiaNews: "The tremendous damage is unthinkable… I was speechless when I saw the situation. People have been stranded by uncertainty and a shortage of everything makes it nearly impossible for them to be able to rebuild their lives."

Mukir, 58 years, a Catholic resident of Gayamharjo di Njali, said: "Survivors are now fully dependent on relief aid teams both financially and materially." While helping his neighbours to clean their debris, he adds:  "You can see for yourself here: people help one another, what else can we do?"

The house of the Soeradjis family in Jabung, Gantiwarno, was severely damaged. "We must start again from scratch," said Aghata, the daughter, while her father recalled: "We were about to wake up, when a strong earthquake jolted and suddenly the wall collapsed on my wife, who is now in hospital in Solo."

The earthquake swept away everything that Mrs Suwito of the village of Jiwo Wetan owned. "I have nothing more, except the clothes I am wearing now," said the woman, who must live on the side of the main road from Wedi to Bayat, without even a tent.

As they have received no aid at all from the government, people must fumble in the ruins to find something to eat. Two women aged over 70 were rummaging among the remains of fallen buildings to find something of value. Both were dirty and sweaty in temperature reaching 39°. One of them, Mrs Prawiro, had no relatives around and her only son in Surabaya (east Java) had not yet gone to find out how she was. Mrs Yati, meanwhile, was completely alone.

Meanwhile, more and more settlements of tents are lining the streets, where survivors prefer to live, fearing tremors yet to come. Wahyuni, a mother of three, originally from Jabung in Gantiwarno, said: "We have no choice but to stay here in the strong sunshine and the cold weather at night."

Aftershocks have become a daily occurrence; Suliyah from Jagalan village, asked: "How can we sleep if we feel aftershocks every night? We are terrified."

The landscape of these stricken areas has changed in more ways that one. Not only do tents line the streets; there are also beggars, especially children, something previously unheard of. They come from different places in Indonesia and many are relatives of the victims. Also previously unknown is the heavy traffic of vehicles, so congested that locals say they have been unable even to move their motorcycles for a week.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
05/30/2006 INDONESIA
Newborns, children, most forgotten victims of Java quake
by Mathias Hariyadi
06/03/2006 INDONESIA
Java quake: aftershock sparks panic among people
07/22/2006 INDONESIA
Tsunami alert still high, warn experts
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/18/2006 INDONESIA
More than 260 people killed by tsunami
05/28/2006 INDONESIA
Fund raising and outdoor masses for Java Catholics
by Mathias Hariyadi
INDONESIA
Thousands killed and wounded in Java quake
INDONESIA
Indonesian Church: more than 100,000 dollars for Java quake survivors
INDONESIA
Quake: Indonesia's mourning
INDONESIA
Java: Klaten destruction ignored by aid workers, media and government
INDONESIA
Quake: How to help the Indonesian Church
INDONESIA
Java quake: call for orthopedic supplies as death toll exceeds 5,800
INDONESIA
Quake in Java: Help the helpers, says Indonesian Church
INDONESIA
Newborns, children, most forgotten victims of Java quake
INDONESIA
Java quake: Fear for artistic heritage as death toll exceeds 5,000
INDONESIA
Java quake: death toll surpasses 4,000; rains fall on survivors without food or medicine
INDONESIA
Fund raising and outdoor masses for Java Catholics
INDONESIA
Tragedy of Java quake survivors
INDONESIA
Java quake: rescue work tough; army mobilizes

Editor's choices
ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri AvneryThis is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.
ASIA
PIME in China: new men in new facilities
by Piero GheddoThe mission in China is possible. It should focus more on educational facilities. Old and new martyrs offer a role model. Here is a commented review of a letter the PIME superior general sent out to his confreres after a trip to China.
EUROPE – ISLAM
For Nîmes imam, the Islamic State group kills Christians, but also threatens Islam in Europe
by Hocine Drouiche*Political Islam is becoming a "thuggish Islam," one that values ​​lying, hate, and enmity. Christians and the West are its enemies. However, Islam has had periods in which dialogue, reason, encounter, assimilation were held in high esteem. The belligerent Islam that fascinates so many young people is the result of myths and manipulations and causes Islamophobia. It is time to create and develop Europe’s own Islam, one that guarantees freedom of conscience and coexistence with Christians and Jews. Solving the Palestinian problem requires dialogue.

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.