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US offers $500,000 aid to Indonesian quake victims

The US will provide Indonesia with $500,000 in emergency aid to its earthquake victims, President George W Bush said in a statement.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 09:52 IST

The US will provide Indonesia with $500,000 in emergency aid to its earthquake victims, President George W Bush said in a statement.

"Through financial and material support, the US is assisting with recovery efforts in coordination with Indonesian authorities, and we stand prepared to provide additional assistance as needed," Bush said in a statement released late Saturday.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also said: "We will continue to follow this situation closely to ensure that US citizens in the affected area receive assistance and to help Indonesia respond to this disaster."

Personnel with the US Agency for International Development are in Yogyakarta, the central Indonesian city that bore much of the quake's impact, Rice said.

The quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked Yogyakarta city, Klaten, Bantul and Gunung Kidul, in Yogyakarta Province at around 5.55 am local time killing more than 3,000 people and injuring thousands more.

This is Indonesia's worst disaster since the December 2004 tsunami that killed 131,000 people in Sumatra.