Dutch launch appeal for Indonesia

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29 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Aid agencies in the Netherlands announced a national appeal to help the victims of the earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java.

29 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Aid agencies in the Netherlands announced a national appeal to help the victims of the earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java.

SHO - which represents a range of aid groups - said donations made to Giro account 555 will be used to pay for emergency supplies.

A UN team is in the affected area to evaluate where the help is needed most and what supplies are required.

The money raised via Giro 555 will be used in the first instance to buy tents, water, food, medicines and blankets. Several Dutch agencies are already offering medical assistance to survivors.

The death toll from the earthquake in the vicinity of the city of Yogyakarta has passed 5,000. Another 10,000 have been injured and more than 20,000 are homeless. The Indonesian government fears more bodies will be found when the rubble of collapsed buildings is cleared.

SHO opened the appeal account Giro 797 (SHO, Den Haag) earlier this month following severe flooding in Suriname.

Suriname and Indonesia are former colonies of the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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