Caritas accepting donations for Indonesia disaster appeal

Caritas Australia has stepped up its appeal for donations to assist the victims of the Indonesian earthquake and the imminent Mt Merapi volcanic eruption.

"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," said Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia.

"But we still require more donations from the Australian community to support the ongoing relief and reconstruction work in the devastated regions," he said.

With an estimated 230,000 people displaced in five regions of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta province in Central Java following the earthquake on 27 May, Caritas says there is still an urgent need for immediate relief.

The Mt Merapi volcano, located just 25 km away from Yogyakarta, has been on high alert since early May. Many villagers have already been displaced by volcanic activity and are now accommodated in camps in and around Yogyakarta.

"If the volcano erupts, there will be displaced people from the earthquake and volcano requiring accommodation, food, shelter, water and medical supplies. This will put huge pressure on resources," said Mr de Groot.

Donations can be made by phoning 1800 024 413, posting cheques/money orders to GPO Box 9830 in your capital city, or online at www.caritas.org.au.

Caritas Australia is accepting donations for Indonesia disaster appeal (Caritas Australia 31/5/06)

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1 Jun 2006