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On July 17, 2006, a massive magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the southern coast of the island of Java causing a 3-meter high tsunami. The result was the destruction of homes, restaurants, hotels, and critical infrastructure several hundred feet inland along over 70 km of coast line in south Java with the hardest hit area being the city of Pengandaran.
Pelita Indonesia responded within the first 48 hours to provide immediate assistance. Through Pelita’s Ceramic Water Filter Project, our personnel immediately provided ceramic water filters and safe, clean drinking water to those effected. In addition, Pelita setup soup kitchens and emergency shelters near the beach in Pangandaran to assist not only the victims of the tsunami but also the volunteers that were assisting in the rescue and clean-up efforts.