Episcopal Relief and Development is supplying emergency assistance to people in Indonesia devastated by a massive 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The damaged region of Central Java is near the tourist site of Yogyakarta which is 250 miles southeast of Jakarta, the nation’s capital. The quake struck at dawn on May 27, crushing homes and roads.
According to the Indonesian government, over 5,600 people have been killed but the numbers are likely to increase as rescue and recovery efforts continue. More than 200,000 people have lost their homes and many are living in temporary shelters until rebuilding can begin. Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhhoyono, has declared a state of emergency as the amount of damage will require a long-term, multi-phase response.
Episcopal Relief and Development is working with Action by Churches Together (ACT) to provide people in affected regions with food and non-food items, such as temporary shelters, potable water, hygiene kits, mattresses, medical services and psycho-social assistance.
To make a donation to assist people affected by disasters, please donate to Emergency Relief Fund in the "Ways to Give" section online at http://www.er-d.org/ or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Checks can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, designated for the "Emergency Relief Fund", P.O. Box 12043, Newark, NJ, 07101.