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Indonesia quake: Your e-mails and photos

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CNN viewer Bridget Kensinger sent this picture to yourviews@cnn.com from Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

(CNN) -- The earthquake in Indonesia Saturday devastated thousands of families in central Java. Here's what some CNN.com readers had to say about it.

While more aid appears to be arriving at the now open airport in Yogyakarta, many people whose homes have been destroyed are facing their fifth night without food, shelter, water or even basic medical aid. Assessments from our partners in the field suggest that many thousands more people will spend further nights without their basic needs met.
Dr. Michael Ricos, IDEP Foundation

I'm originally from Yogyakarta but now working in Jakarta. When the tsunami struck Aceh, everyone said "oh, it's miles away from us." But now we have experienced it and more than 5,000 people have died. What can we do then? Since Indonesia is in the "Ring of Fire" I strongly suggest the government give earthquake survival training at school as well as at community centers. We don't want more people to get injured or die because of their ignorance. The Japanese government could give some technical assistance as I learnt much from them when I was a child living in Tokyo.
Dewi Arum, Jakarta

Thanks for your full coverage regarding the earthquake in central Java. I happened to talk to some of the victims and it comes to my mind that we should learn a lot from the past (Asian tsunami) that it took thousand of lives. We understand that dealing with a national disaster would not be easy. However, for some in Indonesia, the aid is coming too slow. I think we need to highlight this incident to reconstruct a sophisticated rescue system at a national or international level as disaster may come also to other areas in the region. Central Java has sufficient infrastructure and transportation should not be that hard to get, but almost three days after the quake, they are still waiting. What if Mount Merapi erupts following the quake? I could not imagine that.
Pontjo Hadijanto, Jakarta

I live in Jakarta and I have been watching your coverage of the earthquake in central Java. I think it is important for your viewers to know that Java is a large place with a huge population. Referring to it as 'Java island' minimizes the scale of this place. Can you imagine referring to Australia as an island? Though Java is an island, its population of over 60 million is more than double of Australia. Java is more populous than Thailand. Thank you.
Rikhi Narula

On behalf of the Indonesian people, I would like to thank CNN and all nations and people from all over the world who have helped the Indonesian government and the people of Indonesia over the tragedy of Saturday's earthquake. I hope CNN also describes the destruction of one of the Wonders of The World: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Plaosan Temple and other tourist attractions around Jogyakarta. It is very important as many people in this area depends on these sites as they create jobs for many people in central Java. The restoration of these ancient temples will help to quicken the economic recovery of the victims of the earthquake.
Ijat Sutaji, Zurich, Switzerland

It is a very terrible disaster for Indonesia. I would like to express my deep sorrow for victims in this terrible earthquake and would like to pray for the demised souls. Those who survive this disaster will get all kinds of help from the world.
Neelakantha Timalsena, Nepalgunj, Nepal

I am living in Bali, originally from and recently on a visit in Holland. I visit the Bantul region virtually every two weeks. There is a small village named Kaongan where I know very many people producing earthenware. My information is that here around 70 percent of the houses (and, in fact, also the local pottery industry) are badly damaged or totally gone. Many of these people made their living out of this craft. I just hope and pray that in a relatively short time they are able to start up their lives. I have spoken by phone to quite a few victims, and I was so happy they were still alive.
Robert Veilbrief, Bali

Having just called my wife's sister living in Yogyakarta, the present condition of that city is like a city without life. Most people who are able have left town, gripped by the fear of another quake, a tsunami or the eruption of the Merapi Mountain to the north of the city. All shops are closed, all markets are not open, nobody is selling anything, there is a critical scarcity of food and water in addition to lack of places for the sick and dying in hospitals with makeshift sleeping facilities in halls and terraces. There is lack of medical supplies, lack of doctors and medics, although help is gradually coming. My wife's sister, who is a dentist and teaching staff at the local university, has to drive 60 km to the city of Solo, east of Yogya, to buy food and bring it back to Yogya. She moved her grandchildren to Solo to live with relatives there because of their traumatic experience. She concluded in her telephone conversation that Yogya is now a dead city, although telephone lines were repaired and electricity has become available again.
M. Kuswanda, Indonesia

I just managed to contact my brother in Jakarta, who told me that all my family in Yogyakarta are safe. Four sisters/brothers and their family are fine, as is my father. With my father living along the road to the Yogya airport I was deadly worried after the pictures of the airport. However, it appears that many houses there only incurred minor damage. I also heard that houses along the Northern Ring road had cracks but did not come down.
Dewi Mahmiyarsi, Netherlands

We live in Jakarta, Indonesia, and we are just so very sorry for the people of Yogyakarta right now. They have suffered so much with the Mount Merapi activity and now with the earthquake. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people near the epicenter. Please let us know what you are needing and we will try to get it to you.
Susie and Mark, Jakarta, Indonesia

We have family living in Java in a village named Gantiwarno in Klaten. This is around 45 minutes' drive from Yogyakarta (Yogya), on the way to Solo. The villages and towns are littered around the countryside amid rice fields. We are unable to telephone my wife's mother and father or her sister's family at their homes, although we have been able to contact a neighbor on his mobile. He told us that my wife's uncle-in-law had been killed and her father hurt, the extent of his injuries unknown. The majority of houses in the area have collapsed and people including the elderly and children remained in the rice fields for safety. As night falls everything becomes pitch black and the likelihood of looting is high.
Suranti and Gerry Tasker, UK

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Herman and I live in North Yogyakarta, Java, and I was in Yogyakarta during the earthquake. It was happening so fast when I woke up at 5 a.m. and was planning on going to the beach. I live 20 km from Merapi volcano, which is supposed to be very active nowadays. But I live in the safe zone. At 5:55 a.m. the earthquake happened suddenly, we run out from the house and saw the volcano also erupting at the same time. I have a business and worry about my staff who have residences in the south.

So I decided to try and find them and was surprised that the south is so flattened, and many, many houses only left half standing or flattened to the ground. It was a sad view. I tried to help as much as I could. But all the ATM machines were off and also the phone lines were off and all the shops were closed. Many old people and kids were staying on the street under the trees because there were no tents yet, and it will be a cold night. I also saw some of the hurt just lying on the ground, like a war movie. I saw people carrying the dead bodies, also. They need blankets, food and medicine. When I drove more inside the village and found my staff's house, it was flattened. Almost every house that was not built with iron and concrete was flat. Some bridges were cracked also, so we can't go through, and some roads have cracks also. I saw the university building where five floors became one floor. It was lucky there were no students at 6 a.m. I saw a five-story government building flattened and still too dangerous to get close to.

It was a terrifying day. I'm helping as much as I can because I know food and other needs will not come as fast as they need to. Thank you and I hope this sharing will help to give information.
Herman, North Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I along with my family members offer prayers to the dead and their families. May the souls of these people rest in peace and may God give the family members enough courage to win over their grief. Our hearts and prayers are with them.
Sabina Vats, Spain

I am living in Bali, originally from and recently on a visit in Holland. I visit the Bantul region virtually every two weeks. There is a small village named Kaongan where I know very many people producing earthenware. My information is that also here around 70 percent of the houses (and in fact also the local pottery industry) is badly damaged or totally gone. Many of these people made their living out of this craft. I just hope and pray that in relatively short time they are able to start up their lives. I have spoken by phone to quiet a few victims but I was so happy they were still alive.
Robert Veilbrief, Netherlands

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