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Christian Aid launches Indonesia earthquake appeal

Christian Aid today launched an emergency appeal for victims of the Indonesia earthquake. Its partner agencies in the country have already sent emergency task forces to the affected area.

One of them, YEU (Yakkum Emergency Unit), comprising doctors and nurses trained in responding to such emergencies, has taken in medical supplies, blankets, tents and hygiene kits for survivors.

Another local partner, YTB (Disaster Response Foundation) will start distributing rice and blankets through its network of member churches.

Christian Aid also works closely in Indonesia with Church World Service, which is expected to start organising airlifts of supplies to the Padang area.

‘The first 48 hours after an earth quake are vital’ said Robin Greenwood, director of Christian Aid’s Asia Programme.

‘If you can reach survivors during that time, there is a chance of getting them out alive. After that, their chances decline.

‘We are launching the appeal because the scale of devastation is significant and information from our partners already indicates the need for a scaled up response to save lives.

‘As well as trying to meet the immediate needs of survivors, our partner agencies will also face the huge task of helping them rebuild their lives.’

Christian Aid started working in Indonesia after the tsunami in 2004. Programmes it supports include training and drilling school children in what to do in the event of a tsunami or earth quake.

To donate, please phone 01 611 0801 or visit www.christianaid.ie

For further information please contact Florence Mutesasira on 01 611 0801/086 160 9405 or Adrian Horsman on 028 9038 1204

Notes To Editors:

1) Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

2) Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty.  Our new drive, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to make that vision a reality.  Details at www.christianaid.ie 

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