Race Against Time in Java Quake

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“The United Nations has warned that the task of helping survivors of Saturday’s earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java is “a race against the clock”.

Emergency workers and supplies are arriving at the scene, but the UN’s top relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland told the BBC the task was “enormous”.

Driving rain has made conditions worse for survivors of the quake, which killed at least 4,900 and hurt 20,000.

And activity at nearby erupting volcano Mount Merapi is said to have increased.

United Nations aid agencies are holding talks in Geneva to plan humanitarian relief.

The agencies, including Unicef, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization and the International Red Cross, have already begun distributing some relief supplies but say much more will be needed.” [Read more]

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