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Lutherans give aid to quake victims

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Through member agencies, Action by Churches Together provides food and other supplies to people who survived an earthquake that struck Indonesia May 23. The relief agency, an ELCA partner, is forecasting a sixth-month relief and recovery effort.
ELCA International Disaster Response and Lutheran World Relief responded to the May 23 earthquake that struck central Indonesia, with each providing an initial $50,000 for relief.

The earthquake, measuring 6.2, killed more than 6,000 people, injured at least 30,000 and left more than 105,000 homes destroyed or damaged on the island of Java. In affected areas, 80 percent to 98 percent of the houses were damaged.

The quake’s epicenter was 16 miles southwest of Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s ancient royal capital and one of the nation’s largest cities. This was the third major tremor to hit Indonesia in the past 18 months.

The ELCA and LWR are channeling funds through its partner Action by Churches Together,a worldwide emergency relief coalition.

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