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

 


NZ relief worker reports from Java

09 June 2006

Indonesian Earthquake:
New Zealand relief worker reports from Java

Click for big version

A New Zealand relief worker working for ChildFund in earthquake ravaged Java says the organisation is doing its best to evacuate the last of its sponsored children and their families out of the danger zone.

Java remains on a high state of alert and Waiheke Island resident Renzo Benfatto has now been in Java for more than a week, leading ChildFund’s emergency team as they assess the impact of this disaster on thousands of children in the region and respond to their immediate needs.

Speaking from a makeshift shelter outside the ChildFund base after another aftershock had caused the team to evacuate, Renzo says, “There are regular eruptions from the mountain – they are not vertical and they are very irregular. It depends on which way the lava flows as to the seriousness of the event. When there is an eruption, a siren sounds and the nearby villages have 10 minutes to evacuate. The threat of disaster is constant.” Only yesterday the team experienced a small localised volcanic eruption from Mt Merapi and another significant earthquake. Renzo says the region has suffered more than 850 aftershocks since the quake struck, adding to children’s fear of buildings. The sound of the emergency siren is now very familiar.

ChildFund New Zealand has two projects in the extreme danger zone around the volcano. These are the Marsudi Siwi Project, where two thirds of these families have been evacuated to a safe place. The other project is the Citra Kasihi Project and almost all these families have been safely evacuated. Renzo says, “We are now focused on assisting the remaining families to evacuate and on establishing alternative base camps.”

“We estimate there are around 6,000 people living in villages close to Mt Merapi – at night they usually sleep in the surrounding camps and in the day time they return to the villages to tidy up the debris and after effects of the earthquakes. Because of the heavy ash rains, we are providing masks, emergency lamps and plastic covers for water containers to prevent contamination. We are also supplying sleeping mattresses, blankets, school supplies, soaps and detergents. Food such as instant noodles, snacks and drinking water is also being made available, particularly for the children.”

ChildFund operates on-going projects in many of the communities affected by the earthquake in Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces. As part of its operations, ChildFund has set up scores of Child Centred Spaces as safe havens for children while their parents rebuild their homes.

The devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 hit the region on May 27 killing more than 5000 people, injuring 30,000 and leaving more than 131,000 homes destroyed. The humanitarian need in the area is still great. Donations are still urgently needed to support the relief effort.

Donations can be made by freephone 0800 223 111 or www.childfund.org.nz

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news