Indonesia remembers Java quake victims
27 May, 2007 15:01
Thousands of Indonesians have gathered for a prayer service commemorating the first anniversary of a powerful earthquake, which struck the heavily populated central part of the island of Java and left thousands dead.
A loud siren went off to mark the exact moment the earthquake hit last year. Over 5,700 people were killed, thousands more injured and nearly a million people were left homeless. Many of them are still living in tents although some new, earthquake-resistant dome shaped houses have been built. A fresh campaign for attracting tourists back to the country has been launched. The earthquake was the country's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami which took over 130,000 lives.