Indonesia Earthquake Relief Update
October 1, 2007
The Government of Indonesia sent a team to conduct damage assessment in Bengkulu and West Sumatera. They predicted a loss of $165 million. 48,000 houses were destroyed or damaged, while 500 infrastructures of roads, bridges etc are damaged. The Government of Indonesia is coordinating to determine the housing reconstruction support for the victims, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. It will take some time before the victims are able to rebuild their houses.
The HOPE worldwide Indonesia team arrived on the location within 20 hours after the earthquake and has since provided medical support to the North Bengkulu District’s hospital and health posts. Medicines and hygiene kits have been delivered to the Arga Makmur Hospital and the local disaster coordination (Satkorlak Bengkulu Utara)
A distribution plan of tents (tarpaulin), blankets, mattresses, water buckets, clothing, and hygiene isare being prepared for 1,000 families in Lais, Ketahun, Putri Hijau, and Muko Muko Selatan. The team plans to complete the distribution by the end of the second week of October, before the Muslims celebrate Idul Fitri.
Meanwhile, health remains a high concern despite the low numbers of casualties. The residents who are living in tents and emergency shelters remain very vulnerable in such living conditions. In Mentawai District, out of 1,948 patients treated, 63.2% suffer from acute respiratory infection, while 24.5% suffer from diarrhea. Bengkulu Team is monitoring the health situation closely as future interventions are required.
For further information and to support, contact:
Willy Gosal, Outreach Manager
HOPE worldwide Indonesia
Gedung Putera Lt 7, Jl Gunung Sahari 39
Tel: 62-21-600-9091; Fax: 62-21-601-0570
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September 20- A Letter from HOPE worldwide Indonesia
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