Oxfam sends supplies and assessment team to Tsunami affected Java coast

Published: 18 July 2006

International agency Oxfam today dispatched four truck loads of hygiene kits and water and sanitation supplies to Tsunami hit Pangandaran and Ciamis Districts in West Java, after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake occurred beneath the sea off the coast of West Java at 3:19 pm local time Monday 17 July.

A team of six from Oxfam’s humanitarian base in Yogyakarta is assessing needs of the survivors today.

David Macdonald, Oxfam’s Country Program Manager for Indonesia said: “We’re concerned that many people will have fled their homes, which could have been destroyed in the Tsunami. Our humanitarian team is on the ground today, and we have water and sanitation supplies in place ready to respond. The local population rely on wells for fresh water supplies, and these could have been contaminated by the wall of sea water that crashed into the coastal towns.”

 

Contact Information

Spokesperson: Oxfam''s Country Program Manager David Macdonald is available for interviews from Jakarta. Please contact Gemma Swart in Bangkok +66 1 814 7756 to arrange an interview.