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MENTAWAI - INDONESIA

PRESS RELEASE
Piers Simon Appeal launches urgent appeal in aid of the people of Indonesia

Somerset-based disaster relief charity the Piers Simon Appeal has launched an appeal to help the people of Indonesia after two disasters struck the region over the past week. An earthquake and subsequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, and a volcano on the island of Java, have left hundreds dead or injured and tens of thousands of people homeless.

Mentawai Earthquake & Tsunami
On Monday 25th October at 9.42pm local time, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck just south of the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia sending a 2-3 metre (6-10 foot) tsunami into the southern island of Pagai Selatan. In places, the tsunami travelled more than 600m inland.

Statistics and casualty numbers as of Thursday 28th October, according to local officials:
Death Mentawai islanders:                            311
Missing Mentawai islanders:                        379
Seriously injured islanders:                          261
Slightly injured:                                                137
Villages destroyed:                                         13+

Merapi Volcano

Since Tuesday 26th October, Mount Merapi on the island of Java, Indonesia has been spewing out clouds of searing ash. Merapi, Indonesia’s most volatile volcano, has erupted three times in the last two days and vulcanologists fear that the current pressure build up could cause the lava dome on the volcanoes crust to collapse, unleashing deadly gases and debris.

Statistics and casualty numbers as of Thursday 28th October:
Death toll:                                                              28
Evacuated persons:                                            40,000

Luke Simon, Charity Liaison Officer at the Piers Simon Appeal, comments, “We are monitoring both disasters closely and have established contact with charities working on the ground in both locations.  Within the next few days we hope to get a clearer picture of how best the Piers Simon Appeal Response Fund can help.  The need to assist those working on the ground and the inhabitants affected is huge and we are calling on our donors and supporters to help us help the people of Indonesia.”

If you would like to contribute towards the Piers Simon Appeal Response Fund, donations can be made online via the Piers Simon Appeal website: http://www.justgiving.com/pierssimon – please type ‘Indonesia’ in the comments box. Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to: Piers Simon Appeal, Home Farm, Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RD.

In October 2009, the Piers Simon Appeal funded 32 ShelterBoxes (£15,000) sent to Padang following its devastating earthquake. A further £5,000 was sent to Quake Fund for the victims of the Java earthquake, which happened in the same month.

In March 2007, the Piers Simon Appeal sent £40,000 to Quake Fund following the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Jogyakarta in May 2006, killing 6,000 people.

The Piers Simon Appeal is currently in talks with Quake Fund regarding sending PSA SchoolBags to the Arimba area in Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Piers Simon Appeal is a disaster relief charity that delivers aid worldwide. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.pierssimonappeal.org .

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Notes to editors:

For more information about this challenge, or The Piers Simon Appeal in general,
please contact Luke Simon on 07721 741623 or email lucas@pierssimonappeal.org

October 2010 (PSA 03)

 

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