In the wake of last week’s devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, local über-charity Direct Relief International (DRI) mobilized to provide the victims with thousands of dollars worth of medical supplies and thousands more in general aid. Coordinating with the national chairman of Muhammadiyah – the largest civic organization in Indonesia – DRI sent out some $100,000 in cash and five tons of medical supplies to victims on Tuesday afternoon. DRI officials said that their initial contributions to the recovery efforts were irrespective of any money they may receive from the public, but their gifts will increase in the coming weeks according to donations. As of press time, the death toll from Sunday’s quake was estimated at 5,500 and rising.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., June 1, 2006
Updated 1:21 p.m., June 22, 2006
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