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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 May 2006, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Java survivors grieve among the ruins
By Rachel Harvey
BBC News, Yogyakarta

In a village graveyard sheltered by banana trees, a widow grieves.

Men mourn a member of their family killed in the quake
Thousands are mourning the loss of loved ones to the quake

Her husband died protecting their child as the roof of the family home collapsed around them.

As his coffin is carefully lowered into the freshly-dug red earth, the young woman crumples, held upright only by the supporting arms of friends and neighbours.

As the dead are buried, the injured continue to arrive at hospitals already overflowing with patients.

Tennis courts and car parks have been transformed into makeshift field clinics.

Medics say reinforcements are desperately needed.

"We need manpower - doctors, nurses. The need is over our capacity. It is very hard for us," one doctor said.

Clearing rubble

Along with medical assistance, shelter is a high priority.

Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes. Many like this woman are sleeping out in the open.

"We have a small child with us," she says, "but we've had no help with food or tents. Nothing."

Help is beginning to arrive by air and by road.

The main airport is now open, but only for aid flights. Military helicopters and a Hercules cargo plane have been flying overhead.

The Singaporean and Malaysian military are here to assist their Indonesian colleagues in trying to clear the rubble of demolished homes.

Several foreign governments have pledged money to help the relief effort, but at this stage the emphasis is on getting manpower and equipment to the affected area.

A thunderstorm was brewing menacingly as dusk fell, adding to the misery of those preparing for another night in the open.




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