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Two devastating earthquakes strike the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia - leaving more than 1,200 dead and countless more injured and trapped in collapsed buildings.
A powerful earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing almost 1,200 people and leaving thousands injured. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday 10:49 local time, close to the city of Padang and triggered landslides across the island trapping thousands under collapsed buildings.
The earthquake comes a day after a previous earthquake (measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale) swept across Samoa triggering tsunami warnings sending tidal waves killing almost 500 people.
Many survivors are still trapped in buildings and the earthquake has collapsed schools, hospitals, houses and public buildings. Landslides cause blocked roads with thousands of people stranded and homeless. There has been severe damage to electricity, water, road and communication structures.
Muslim Hands has immediately mobilised aid teams to carry out emergency relief work in the area led by the MH Indonesia country manager. MH has a permanent office in Medan, Indonesia approximately 800km from the worst affected region and is on the ground to distribute life-saving aid. The immediate needs are for food, medicine and shelter.With the death toll rising, timing is crucial. Please donate generously.
What Muslim Hands Are Doing
Click here to view the blog entries from our London Manager in the field.
Feeding the hungry
MH Indonesia’s efforts focus on Ambangkapur in Paraman district where we are running a feeding centre to provide 250 meals a day. These meals are typically made up of pak choi, potato wedges, cabbage, boiled eggs, steamed rice and chilli. The individual portions are wrapped in a banana leaf and then further wrapped in brown paper. The feeding programme is running in Al Mukhlisin feeding centre in Paraman.
MH Indonesia will also provide wells and water purification facilities for survivors to access a sustainable, safe supply of water for drinking and washing. These water purification units will purify 4 litres of water in a minutes and ensure all water-borne infections and contamination are removed from the water supply for families.
Whilst there, we took the opportunity to speak to the head of the village, Mr Haji Ismail. He told us that the district had no electricity so we arranged for paraffin lamps to be brought in to allow them to operate during the night time. With heavy rain and people sleeping out in the open, we also arranged for plastic sheeting to make tents and blankets to provide families for the cold night time conditions. MH Indonesia has also arranged to distribute mattresses (made of palm fibre) for families and general medicines like antibiotics for those suffering from sickness.
The area of Agam also has great needs and food distribution is being set up for the survivors in that region.
Through an MH camp, survivors come for medical checkups from a makeshift clinic which runs during the day. Doctors visit and distribute basic medicines for the vulnerable residents of the town. MH Indonesia also fund the generators which people are relying on as an energy source.
Housing and reconstruction
Once the initial needs of earthquake survivors are met, it is important to focus on the long-term needs of people who have lost their homes and livelihoods.
MH Indonesia has initiated a major home reconstruction project across Western Sumatra, the worst-hit areas of September’s earthquakes. Over 170,000 people lost their homes and officials struggled to accommodate the huge numbers of destitute survivors urgently in need of shelter and protection from the heavy rain and night-time chill.
With Western Sumatra lying on a sensitive plate-boundary prone to earthquakes, it is important that new homes are reconstructed with strong, earthquake-proof material.
Whilst many people need new homes altogether, many require their damaged structures to be renovated and reconstructed. Phase II of the emergency response involves reconstructing 160 family homes within three months. These wooden and brick houses are the most appropriate for the local climate and will have concrete base to withstand earthquake tremors.
Houses will be reconstructed in both Padang-Pariman in the district of Agam, a largely rural area where families have been hit particularly hard.
A total of 160 houses will be reconstructed in the following villages:
- Padang Lariang
- Batu Basa
- Batu Kambing
The people affected
Januarti is 39 years old and lives in Kapalo Koko with her 7 month old baby. With 8 brothers and sisters, Januarti’s entire family are all rice and coconut farmers who on their crop both for food and for their income.
When the earthquake struck, Januarti’s brother Murad (aged 47) was out with the cows in the rice field. He was buried under a landslide and killed. With walls collapsed and their house destroyed, Januarti’s younger brother only hopes to be able to find Murad’s body so they can bury and lay him to rest. Januarti has moved in with her father and the family were provided with assistance from MH Indonesia.
Ismaniya lives in a clearing in forest, two minutes away from the main road in Angam Kapoor district. The houses in this area are all brick buildings and most have simple metal sheet roofing. Her area is filled with poor subsistence farmers who rely on agriculture for their income. Ismaniya lived in her home with her two sons, Risia and Safinah and her mother.
As the earthquake struck, the family rushed to evacuate the house. Whilst leaving, her mother was struck by falling masonry on her head and was killed. Ismaniya buried her mother 20 metres away. Ismaniya’s mother is an example of somebody who will not show up in official statistics and now Ismaniya fears what will happen to her family once the provision of food runs out. Many people relied on their fields and these were all lost under landslides when the quake hit.
Muslim Hands has a long track record of working in Indonesia.Here are a few projects we have carried out:
- Orphan care
- Medical care
- Income generation
- Emergency relief (Tsunami, earthquake)
- Housing projects
- Infant Mortality Reduction
- Ramadhan Iftar feeding
- Qurbani distribution
Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands and a population of 235 million. The country straddles continental plates and is prone to seismic activity along what is known as the 'Pacific Ring of Fire'.
The Indonesia quake was along the same fault line that spawned the 2004 Asian tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 11 nations.
The fault runs along the west coast of Sumatra and is the meeting point of the Eurasian and Pacific tectonic plates, which have been pushing against each other for millions of years, causing huge stress to build up.
Scientists have long suggested Padang would suffer a similar fate to Aceh in the coming decades. Some predictions say 60,000 people will be killed - mostly by giant waves generated by an undersea quake - when "the big one" eventually hits.
The dire predictions spread alarm across Padang, which was struck by an earthquake in 2007 that killed dozens of people.Earlier earthquake relief in Indonesia
Unfortunately, Indonesia has been no stranger to earthquakes. In May 2006, an earthquake which struck on May 27th and measured 6.2 on the Richter scale caused a confirmed a death toll of over 5,500.
Hospitals were struggling to cope with the many thousands injured and MH staff were on the ground to report tens of thousands of buildings have been damaged or destroyed. MH teams operated in earthquake-affected regions running camps and distributing aid.
Teams, led by Taofiq Hidayat, from Jakarta, Aceh and Medan are currently operating in the worst-hit areas of Yogyakarta and Bantul. Images of the work MH is carrying out can be found here.
This epic Tsunami struck Indonesia and neighbouring countries causing dire threats to thousands of people. Muslim Hands was in the front-line helping to relieve the suffering with the help of your donations.Here are a few examples of what was produced out of your donations:
- 7 medical and 2 mobile clinics set-up in Aceh and another in Sri Lanka.
- MH temporary school and food distribution in Anderman and Nicobar.
- Food and water to 160,000 refugees in Aceh and Medan.
- Over 150 orphans sponsored in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
- MH plans to build an orphanage and six schools in Aceh are underway.
- Construction of homes began almost immediately in Sri Lanka and is underway in Indonesia also.
- Water purification plants installed in and around Aceh.
- MH South East Asia office opens in Aceh to sustain reconstruction efforts.
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