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Church World Service Responds To Disasters In Indonesia 

June 9, 2000, NEW YORK CITY---- Church World Service is supporting global ecumenical response in several emergencies in Indonesia, including the following: 

Indonesian Earthquake (Sumatra) 

Church World Service (CWS) staff are monitoring the situation on the island of Sumatra, where at least 117 people are reported dead following a June 4 earthquake that hit the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, destroying thousands of homes, buildings and schools and causing an estimated $6 million in damage.  It is likely CWS would support an appeal by the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network as a response to this disaster. 

Flooding in West Timor 

As a result of the devastating floods in West Timor, CWS has sent $25,000 in blanket funds to its office in Indonesia to assist flood survivors.  The floods come only weeks after an earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. CWS responded by providing $25,000 in blanket funds to assist the 5,000 earthquake survivors.  Currently, survivors of the West Timor floods are being housed in the refugee camps used during the political violence in East Timor. 


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