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Church News: LDS respond after disasters in Indonesia 16 Nov 2010

By Sarah Jane Weaver

In addition to major flooding that has plagued Indonesia this fall, two major disasters struck the country Oct. 25 — the eruption of Mount Merapi and the tsunami that hit the Mentawai Islands. The volcano erupted again Nov. 3.

The Merapi Volcano eruption, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, left 42 people dead and displaced more than 20,000.

All Church members and missionaries are safe following the disaster, that forced 5,500 individuals into evacuations camps and caused extensive damage to the environment, according to a Church welfare report.

There was no damage to Church property.

In addition, almost 500 people were confirmed dead and more than 15,000 people were displaced after the tsunami struck the Mentawai Islands.

In response to the disasters, Church members are assembling and distributing relief kits in the evacuation camps in Yogyakarta and are providing hygiene kits, food commodities and blankets and pillows — made by Relief Society sisters from Jakarta — to survivors of the tsunami, according to the report.

Finally, recent flooding and mudslides left 148 people dead and destroyed 80 percent of the homes in Wasior City, Indonesia.

Church members in Indonesia have assembled relief kits for flood victims including blankets, hygiene items and food. Members have helped with the distribution of relief supplies.
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