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£30,000 for the victims of the earthquake in Indonesia 31 May 2006

The Overseas Aid Committee of the Council Of Ministers has agreed to donate £30,000 in emergency aid funding to relief operations for the victims of the earthquake that recently struck the Indonesian island of Java.

The earthquake, which happened on Saturday morning measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. It flattened buildings in a densely-populated area near the city of Yogyakarta on the southern coast of Java.

More than 5,800 people were killed by the earthquake and as many as 20,000 people were injured.

Up to 200,000 people may have been left homeless and their plight has been made worse by torrential rain in the area that hampered initial aid efforts.

The Committee decided to make its donation through the British Red Cross, which as part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, was one of the first organisations to launch an emergency appeal.

Committee Chairman George Waft MLC said:

‘The Overseas Aid Committee considered the situation in Java as soon as possible after learning of the disaster and it unanimously agreed that it should make a contribution to the relief efforts. We hope that our donation on behalf of the Isle of Man Government will help to bring assistance to some of the people who have been hurt or who have lost loved ones, or who have been left homeless and lost their livelihoods.’

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