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2006-05-31 18:31:17

By Achmad Sukarsono TRIMULYO, Indonesia (Reuters) - Teacher Muhammad Yusan lost many friends when an earthquake and subsequent tsunami hammered Indonesia's Aceh province on December 26, 2004. Now, another earthquake has killed his father and reduced his childhood home to ruins. "I cannot believe these disasters have happened. The quake and tsunami in Aceh felt like the end of the world and I do not have words to describe the situation here," Yusan told Reuters as he sat near the...

2006-05-31 03:49:38

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia began immunizing quake survivors against measles on Wednesday and helicopters swept disaster sites on Java island to look for isolated victims, but help was still too slow for many. Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said the government was also evacuating patients from hospitals in the immediate area to more distant cities to relieve overcrowding. "For now (the hospitals) are starting to get tidy and we have...

2006-05-27 10:53:48

By Achmad Sukarsono YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck around Indonesia's royal city of Yogyakarta on Saturday, killing more than 3,000 people as houses and buildings collapsed near ancient heritage sites. As darkness fell in the heartland of Indonesia's main island of Java, thousands prepared to spend the night outside ruined homes or in the grounds of mosques, churches and schools. "It's pitch dark. We have to use candles and we are sitting outside...

2006-05-27 10:50:41

By Achmad Sukarsono YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck around Indonesia's royal city of Yogyakarta on Saturday, killing more than 3,000 people as houses and buildings collapsed near ancient heritage sites. As darkness fell in the heartland of Indonesia's main island of Java, thousands prepared to spend the night outside ruined homes or in the grounds of mosques, churches and schools. "It's pitch dark. We have to use candles and we are sitting outside...

2006-04-02 06:00:08

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake struck off the western Indonesian island of Simeulue on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, an Indonesian official said. The epicenter of the 5.4 magnitude earthquake lay 22 km south of Simeulue island in Aceh province and at a depth of around 33 km (20 miles), a Meteorology and Geophysics Agency official in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, told Reuters. Simeulue lies west of Sumatra, one of Indonesia's...

2006-02-08 05:54:43

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will miss a deadline to move tens of thousands of people made homeless by the 2004 tsunami into temporary houses because of problems obtaining timber, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who heads the government's Aceh reconstruction agency, said up to 67,000 people living in tents would have to wait until June, two months behind a self-imposed deadline to provide temporary homes. "We have to change our plan to move...

2006-02-04 22:37:52

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A draft law aimed at cementing a peace deal between Indonesia and rebels in Aceh province will be debated for the first time in parliament this week, with legislators facing a tight deadline to pass it. Under the August 15 pact, Indonesia must approve laws by March 31 that give Aceh control of most of its affairs and former rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) the chance to form a local political party to compete in direct elections....

2006-02-02 04:05:24

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia, which suffered the most from the Indian Ocean tsunami, dismissed on Thursday a report that accused several governments of failing to meet human rights standards in relief efforts. ActionAid International, the Habitat International Coalition and the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning charged on Wednesday that while the tsunami aid campaign had many successes, it failed to ensure the rights of many of those affected to food,...

2006-01-27 23:45:21

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck in the Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia early on Saturday, but there were no reports of casualties or major damage, and local fears of a tsunami proved unfounded. A tsunami caused by an Indian ocean quake in December 2004 devastated Indonesia's Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra, leaving some 170,000 people dead or missing. Saturday's quake struck on the other side of the country at 1.58 a.m. local time (1658 GMT Friday) with a...

2006-01-05 07:42:13

SEATTLE -- In the year since a tsunami devastated much of coastal Southeast Asia, a Pacific Northwest aid group has digitally remapped some villages that were reduced to rubble fields in the Indonesian province of Aceh. Working with the University of Washington and the Pacific Disaster Center in Hawaii, Mercy Corps used Geographic Information Services (GIS) mapping technology to plot village survival rates, access to destroyed fish ponds and other effects of the disaster in hopes of...


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