May 27, 2006
A mother carries her child outside a hospital in Yogyakarta May 27, 2006. Photo by Reuters/Crack Palinggi
Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) An earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale struck central Indonesia at 5:54 am on May 27. More than 3,000 people have been killed and thousands are injured. Those numbers are expected to rise significantly as rescuers continue their work. The earthquake, which struck the ancient city of Yogyakarta, is Indonesia’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), a humanitarian aid and development organization based in Baltimore, Maryland, is issuing an emergency appeal for donations. IOCC’s response is part of its ongoing work in Indonesia and other parts of South Asia that were devastated by the 2004 tsunami. The organization provided airlifts of humanitarian supplies, construction of schools and clinics, and other assistance including the complete rebuilding of a village on the island of Nias in Sumatra.
IOCC will work with the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia (OMHKSEA) and its other ecumenical partners, to provide relief and assistance to those affected by this latest disaster.
Contributions to IOCC’s Indonesia Earthquake Response Fund may be sent to IOCC, “Indonesia Earthquake Relief,” P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297-0429. Donations may also be made online by clicking here or by calling toll-free 1-877-803-IOCC (4622).
Media inquiries should be made to Dan Christopulos at 952-930-3286 or click here to email him.
Earthquake survivors sit in front of the ruins of their homes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 27, 2006. Photo by Reuters/Crack Palinggi
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