Following the 6.2 earthquake which struck the island of Java on 27 May, casualties have been rising steeply and are now estimated between 4500 and 5100. More than 15 000 are reported injured including 1500 with severe injuries.
Bantul district (pop. 790 000) is the worst hit, with the majority of houses destroyed and one hospital collapsed. Eleven of the 26 health centres in Bantul are known to be fully destroyed. Four health centres were moderately damaged. A number of health workers died as a result of the earthquake. Twenty sub-health centres out of 75 are reportedly destroyed. The remaining hospitals are overwhelmed and are treating patients at four times their capacity. Many patients are still outdoors which exposes them to the risk of infection. Water and sanitation is an area of major concern.
WHO is requesting US$ 1.3 million urgently to cover immediate needs. Following the interagency rapid assessment coordinated by the UN, WHO is working with international agencies and NGOs to develop a comprehensive Health Cluster plan which will cover health requirements for 6 months.