Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Oxfam relief reaches 100,000 quake victims

For immediate release: 2nd June 2006

One week on: Oxfam relief reaches 100,000 quake victims Three-month recovery plan to provide lasting aid solutions

One week after a powerful earthquake rocked central Java, Oxfam and its local partners have provided emergency aid to 100,000 people in remote areas around Yogyakarta.

Now the agency is moving towards the next phase of its aid response, helping quake survivors rebuild their shattered lives.

"We've been able to act quickly and deliver life-saving water, tarpaulins and hygiene kits during these first seven days," said David Macdonald, Senior Program Manager for Oxfam's Yogyakarta office. "Now we have to help people put their lives back together again."

The agency was able to mount a speedy response when the quake hit because of pre-positioned relief stocks and contingency plans for a possible eruption of the nearby Merapi volcano.

In the first week of the emergency effort, working closely with local partners, Oxfam delivered 90,000 litres of water, 12,500 tarpaulins and 20,000 other 'non-food items' which include jerry cans, soap, sanitary towels and sarongs.

Although tarpaulin was an immediate way to give families some protection from torrential night rains, survivors will need more robust shelters in the coming days. Oxfam will be providing zinc sheeting and tool-boxes so they can build their own. Oxfam's teams will also build latrines, continue to provide clean water, and explore ways of helping quake survivors rebuild their livelihoods.

The agency will continue working in Yogyakarta throughout the three-month 'state of emergency' period declared by the Indonesian government, targeting two sub-districts in Central Java.

"Over the next three months, we want to ensure that the poorest people with limited access to clean drinking water and other essential resources get the tools they need to move on towards true recovery," said Macdonald.

The recovery programme is currently budgeted at £5 million and Oxfam is appealing to international donors to rise to the scale of the emergency with generous pledges.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election