Java earthquake 2006

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck Central Java near the city of Yogyakarta, a city of approximately 800,000 people, on Saturday 27 May. The quake caused 5,782 deaths and left an estimated 1.5 million left homeless.

Residents search for their belongings amidst the ruins of their houses after an earthquake in Yogyakarta, central Java.REUTERS/Crack Palinggi courtesy

Oxfam's emergency teams supported people made homeless by the Yogyakarta earthquake, providing them with clean water and essential supplies.

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Java quake 3 months on: quake survivors benefit from Tsunami lessons

August 28, 2006

The powerful earthquake, which struck Indonesia’s Central Java region near the city of Yogyakarta, measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. It killed more than 5,000 people and left up to 1.5 million people homeless.

Donors urged to increase support to Indonesian earthquake emergency relief

June 16, 2006

Emergency relief plans for the Indonesian earthquake are hamstrung because of lack of funds from donors and the international community, six non-government organisations working on relief efforts said today.

Indonesia earthquake: two weeks on

June 12, 2006

Two weeks after an earthquake struck the central Indonesian island of Java in Indonesia Oxfam’s emergency relief effort has reached 130,000 stricken survivors.

Latest stories

September 4, 2006

The effects of an earthquake are felt long after the ground stops shaking. When houses are destroyed people lose much more than their home; all of their possessions are left buried beneath the rubble. As well as distributing hygiene kits Oxfam will distribute clothing to more than 100,000 men and women in Gunung Kidul, Klaten, Bantul and Kulon Progo districts.

August 14, 2006

Remote villages virtually wiped out by the earthquake are being rebuilt using Oxfam Community Cash Grants. Gunung Gebang, one of many dusuns (sub-villages) in the Prambanan sub-district of Sleman, has suffered some of the most severe devastation in the whole 200km squared earthquake affected zone. Of the original 288 houses, 282 are considered uninhabitable: a destruction level of 98 per cent. Tom Baldwin investigates the efforts to rebuild remote villages.

June 7, 2006

Craig Owen accompanies Oxfam distribution teams targeting remote communities in the Yogyakarta area with aid. For these remote communities, this will be their first delivery of emergency supplies. Over 2,500 households here have been destroyed, with many thousands more seriously damaged by the earthquake.

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