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5/29/2006 World News: Earthquake Aid Arrives in Java as Death Toll Surpasses 5,000


Indonesia Quake: International aid is starting to arrive in parts of Indonesia's Java island devastated by Saturday's earthquake, as the estimated death toll surpassed five thousand.
A U.N. relief plane arrived in Java today (Monday) with water, tents, cooking sets and hygiene kits for the worst-hit district of Bantul in Yogyakarta province.
Indonesian authorities also reopened the damaged airport in Yogyakarta city, allowing more humanitarian flights to arrive with doctors and medical equipment. But, officials say relief efforts are inadequate and should be speeded up.
Aid workers say shelter is a top priority for survivors of the six-point-three magnitude quake. Many of the nearly 200-thousand people made homeless spent the night camped out in the rain.

Indoensia Volcano: Volcanic activity at Indonesia's Mount Merapi has increased since Saturday's earthquake on Java island. Indonesian volcano experts say the rumbling mountain spewed heat clouds and lava this (Monday) morning.


They say the earthquake has caused instability in a lava dome that has formed at the peak of Mount Merapi. A collapse could send more heat clouds, lava and volcanic rocks down the slopes.

Afghan Violence: Rioting has spread through the Afghan capital, Kabul, after a deadly traffic accident involving U.S. troops.
Gunfire has been heard in several locations in the city, including near the U.S. Embassy, and crowds of angry Afghans have begun marching toward President Hamid Karzai's palace.
Witnesses say angry residents took to the streets today (Monday) after a U.S. military convoy collided with civilian vehicles in a crowded (northern) part of the city. Protesters set two police vehicles on fire and threw stones at the American troops.

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