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Indonesia: New special housing, livelihood projects mark Yogya earthquake anniversary

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IOM has launched two new projects to provide special housing for handicapped people and new livelihoods for survivors exactly one year after the devastating earthquake that struck Yogyakarta and Central Java in May 2006.

The earthquake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, destroyed 300,000 buildings and left 1.2 million people homeless in Indonesia's most densely populated region. Almost 6,000 people died and the local economy was shattered.

This week IOM will start to build 80 permanent steel frame houses designed for people suffering from complete or partial paralysis. The project, funded by the Netherlands Red Cross, will also provide follow up care, including medical care, psychotherapy, occupational therapy and psychosocial support through experienced local partner organizations.

A second project, funded by the Australian aid agency AusAid, will focus on restoring livelihoods in four villages in Bantul and Klaten that previously depended on home-based roof tile production. The earthquake destroyed their kilns, depriving many families of their main source of income.

IOM, working with AusAid's implementing agency RHK, plans to re-start tile production facilities in the four villages and train families in more efficient and environmentally friendly production processes. It also plans to encourage villagers to work together through professionally-managed cooperatives.

Over the past year, IOM has constructed nearly 15,000 temporary shelters and built 100 permanent steel frame houses for earthquake survivors in Yogyakarta and Central Java.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake it provided transport and logistical support to 165 organizations, including the government, the UN and international and local NGOs with a fleet of 170 trucks.

It also distributed 250,000 tarpaulins, blankets and sleeping mats to survivors. IOM medical staff and volunteers coordinated the return home of over 6,000 people from hospitals throughout the affected area.

For more information, please contact Manfred Profazi at IOM Yogyakarta, Tel +62 274746 04 76, Email: mprofazi@iom.int

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