More than 300 Died in Java Tsunami

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At least 327 people were killed, officials said, with another 160 or more missing as quakes and tsunami hit the southern coast of Java island. Most of the casualties are from seven villages of five district in Ciamis, West Java, where the Pangandaran resort, is one of a tourist destination in West Java. These villages include: Desa Karapyak, Pantai Barat, Pantai Timur, Pamugaran, Karang Tirta Batukarang, Belukbendo, and Desa Legog. Most of the casualties were found stranded in trees near the beach, or buried under the debris of flattened homes.

Most of the injured people were treated in the Community Health Center Pangandaran, and some of them were moved to the Banjar Town Hospital. Many of the displaced people still stay at the Great Mosque Pangandaran, which is located a little bit on a high ground, where some others have gone home. Other refugee camps include Purbaluyu Community Hall which caters for 800 people, 2000 people in the Sukahurip secondary school, 2500 people in Desa Cinta Ratu, and 100 people in Desa Sukajadi in the Sido Mulih district. Some uncounted refugees still stay in mosques, particulary children and seniors. The Pangandaran resort is practically shut down, as the stores are still closed, schools are shut, and people still prefered to stay together in groups in coming to terms to what happened. Many of the dead bodies are still laid in the Community Health Center Pangandaran for administration and identification purposes.

Other than West Java south coast, the tsunami also hit the Central Java south west coast. In Pantai Suwur, in Ayah district, Kebumen county, one fisherman is found dead, and ten other are reported missing. As many as 500 fishermen boats are ruined. People still take refuge in higher grounds away from the beach. In Pantai Puring, tens of buildings and fishermen boats are ruined.  In Cilacap county, the dead toll reaches 37 people. Most of the quake and tsunami victims are children and seniors. These victims include 13 people who came from Desa Welahan, in Binangun district. The dead tolls is still rising, as there are many hotels in tourism areas are flattened and many people are still missing. 

On Monday (17/07/06), the quakes can be felt shattering Jakarta, the capitol city of Indonesia which is about 400 km away from the epicentrum, and in other cities in West Java, including Bandung which is the West Java capital city. According to the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, the epicentrum is located in the Indian Ocean about
620 km to the south of Bandung and 33 km below the sea level. The quake and its aftershocks were between 5.5 to 6.8 on the Richter scale. The first quake was on 6.8 Richter scale happened at 15.19 western Indonesia time. It lasted around 30 seconds and can be felt in high tower offices in Jakarta that sparks panics in cities in west Java, like Bandung, Sukabumi and Ciamis. The second quakes hit minutes after the first one on 5.5 Richter scale. The second aftershock on 6.1 Richter scale hit again at 16.13. Soon after that the tsunami hit, which is reported in Pangandaran to have been up to 3 metres high and went in the shore up to 1 km beyond the normal coast line.

Since Tuesday morning (18/07/06), PortalInfaq volunteers that form a Rapid Reaction Team have been on the location in Pangandaran to collect data about the victims, refugees, and the necessities there. 
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