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A year on from the devastating earthquake that struck near Yogykarta, Java, claiming more than 5,000 lives, the Red Cross has completed more than 12,500 earthquakeresilient shelters. Some 14,000 families have been helped by the charity with additional aid from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Following the earthquake last year, the Red Cross launched an early recovery programme, which saw affected communities working together to manage the construction of their own low-cost shelters. The shelters were made by members of the community from local materials such as bamboo and rope and cost the equivalent of around £76. They can be constructed in around five days and should last up to six years. The magnitude 6.3 earthquake left 1.1M people homeless.

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