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Caritas responds to Indonesian Earthquake

Caritas Australia is organising to fly medical supplies and medical personnel to the north Sumatra island of Nias, to respond to immediate needs, and to assess additional emergency and longer-term requirements.

A statement released by Caritas yesterday said that the small island is believed to be the worst hit of the islands off the coast of Sumatra. The team of assessors includes a Caritas Australia representative.

The Caritas Australia effort is part of a joint response, together with the US Bishops' Caritas organisation Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

The earthquake hit at 11:10 pm Monday night Sydney time. The US Geological Survey told members of the JRS tsunami relief team that the quake reached 8.7 on the Richter scale. This is severe enough to have destroyed 90% of the housing in the capital city Gunungsitoli.

Reports from Nias before communications were severed early today indicate that the loss of life is in the hundreds, possible thousands, with severe damage to many homes and buildings in and around Gunungsitoli.

Caritas advises that it will release further details after the inital assessment visit.

Caritas responds to Indonesian Earthquake (Caritas Australia 20/3/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Caritas Australia
Catholic Relief Services
Jesuit Refugee Service Indonesia | JRS Australia | JRS International

Indonesian Jesuit says foreigners must not leave Aceh (CathNew 23/3/05)

Sumatra Earthquake: Personal Account (Caritas Australia 29/3/05)
Update on the Earthquake in Indonesia (Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly 29/3/05)
Brotherhood between Christians and Muslims reborn in post-tsunami Aceh ( 29/3/05)
Tsunami Scare Prompts People To Spend The Night In Churches ( 29/3/05)
Corpses lie in street of devastated island town (Breaking 29/3/05)
Indonesia quake victims await aid (BBC 29/3/05)
CRS sends supplies to Indonesian island; death toll expected to rise (Catholic News Service 29/3/05)
Earthquake, 300, 2000 or more victims? And Simeleu, Banyak? (Missionary Service News Agency 29/3/05)
Earthquake: Italian Caritas, focus on affected population (Missionary Service News Agency 29/3/05)

30 Mar 2005