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International Recovery Platform

Yogyakarta and Central Java Earthquake, 2006

Country Indonesia
Location Semarang, Yogyakarta

Brief Overview of the Disaster 
On 27 May 2006, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia’s Java island. The epicentre was located approximately 37 km south of the city of Yogyakarta. The earthquake impacted eight districts within Yogyakarta province and the neighbouring Central Java province, severely damaging housing and infrastructure. The two worst-affected districts were Bantul, in Yogyakarta, and Klaten in Central Java.  Severe damage was also caused to water and sanitation infrastructure, 164,000 household wells need to be cleaned or repaired and 155,000 latrines need to be repaired or rebuilt. The earthquake has also had a devastating effect of livelihoods, both as consequence of loss of production as families tend to their immediate shelter and emergency, but also because many people earned their living through ‘cottage’ industries, such as crafts and cooking.

Displaced 200,000 to 650,000 people homeless
Dead 5778
Missing Not specified
Injured 58,790
Housing Destroyed/Damaged 360,000
Total Damage and Losses (in USD) 3.1billion
Note Total affected: 3,177,923
Main Source
GLIDE No. EQ-2006-000064-IDN