Caritas prepares response to Merapi emergency in Yogyakarta

Caritas is preparing for a potential full eruption of the Mt Merapi volcano in the earthquake-hit province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

In a statement released yesterday, Caritas Australia said latest reports indicate that Mt Merapi has increased its activity, with some reports that the dome of the volcano is tilting south towards Yogyakarta, 25 km away.

Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas, said that relief agencies are expecting that any eruption will compound the current emergency but that Caritas is in a position to respond and assist the displaced.

"Caritas Australia has made an initial contribution of USD $50,000 [AUD $66,000] to support the work of our partner agencies on the ground in Yogyakarta, in response to the Mt Merapi volcano and the earthquake emergencies," he said.

Caritas says it is working with Catholic network partners in Yogyakarta who continue to carry out assessments and coordination of aid on the ground in the affected regions.

Following the quake, 46,000 homes have been confirmed damaged and an estimated 230,000 people displaced in five regions of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta province in Central Java.

Mr de Groot says the Indonesian government is not coping well with the relief efforts and would require help from the international community.
"The Government's focus is on medical assistance, but there is still an urgent need for clean drinking water as well as blankets," said Mr de Groot.

Caritas says it is accepting donations to assist the victims of the Indonesia Earthquake and the Mt Merapi volcanic eruption. Donations can be made by phoning 1800 024 413 or online at www.caritas.org.au.

Caritas Australia prepares to respond to Merapi emergency in Yogyakarta (Caritas Australia 30/5/06)

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Caritas fears volcano eruption may slow earthquake response (CathNews 30/5/06)
Caritas Australia responds to Indonesia Earthquake (CathNews 29/5/06)

Caritas Delivers Emergency Assistance to Indonesian Quake Victims (Reuters 29/5/06)
Catholic Relief Services joins $1.2-million Catholic aid to Indonesia (Catholic News Agency 30/5/06)
Aid workers rush to Java earthquake zone (Independent Catholic News 30/5/06)
Jesuits help earthquake survivors with British aid (British Jesuits 30/5/06)
Catholic Charity Assisting Quake Victims (Zenit 29/5/06)

31 May 2006