Emergency supplies have been arriving in the area of Indonesia hit by an earthquake on Saturday. International aid is on its way, as local volunteers enter the quake zone to help. Lorries carrying drinking water were sent by Indonesian Islamic and political groups.
About 5,000 people were killed when the tremor struck in the early hours of Saturday morning. Local hospitals are overflowing with casualties, many were hurt when the quake caused homes to collapse. With thousands of homes destroyed, people are living on the streets or in open areas. There has been a worldwide response to the government’s appeal for help, and many countries are sending doctors and medical supplies. The earthquake struck a wide area close to the ancient city of Yogyakarta. The town of Bantul 20 kilometres from the city was badly hit. Heavy rain on Sunday night made conditions more difficult for survivors.