Christian Aid to send €100,000 to help earthquake victims
Emergency teams from Christian Aid partner agencies have reached areas most affected by the Indonesian earthquake, Padang and the coastal city further north, Pariaman on the island of Sumatra.
They have taken in food, medicines, basic shelter materials, electricity generators, water purification equipment and other supplies, and more is on its way.
Access to the worst hit areas has been hampered by limited flights, roads hit by landslides and collapsed bridges.
Having launched an Indonesian and Philippines Emergency Appeal late last week, Christian Aid has already set aside €108,000 for the three partners that it works with in Indonesia.
Partner agency YEU (Yakkum Emergency Unit) has sent in medical and logistics experts, eight of whom are now working in the Pariaman area. They are equipped with medicines and enough wound care equipment for 1,500 people, plus hygiene kits, baby kits, blankets, tarpaulins, two generators and enough fuel to support field medical services.
With hospitals badly damaged by the earthquake, setting up medical services for survivors and mobile clinics is a priority.
The organisation is also assessing the incidence of trauma among children, and establishing a water purification system.
A second partner organisation, YTB (Disaster Response Foundation), has previously provided disaster management training to two church organisations in the affected area – the Mentawai Protestant Church and the West Sumatra National Council of Churches.
Those they trained are now assessing the situation and distributing aid to survivors. They have told YTB staff that both water and food are very scarce. YTB’s deputy director Victor Rembeth says: ‘They really, really need food for the people – and medicines.’
YTB has also sent to the area an emergency electricity generator, satellite communications equipment, US$10,000 worth of basic food such as rice and instant noodles, milk for children and pregnant women, and enough medicine for 500 people.
The third Christian Aid partner, Church World Service, which is also focusing its attention on the Pariaman area, is preparing to provide temporary shelter, plastic mats, blankets and baby kits.
Donations to the Christian Aid appeal can be made by calling Christian Aid in Dublin on 01 611 0801 , Belfast on 028 9038 1204 or going to www.christianaid.ie
€15 will buy a tent for a family.
€28 could provide hygiene kits for 20 families to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, in the camps
€70 could provide blankets for 50 people
€220 could pay for tarpaulin sheets to provide temporary shelter for 25 families
€1,050 could pay for 15 tanks each holding 500 litres of water for distribution in camps
€1,050 would pay for 3,000 kilos of rice
€2,700 could pay for emergency shelter packages consisting of a tent, two blankets and a hygiene kit for 140 families
€3,000 could provide tents for 200 families
In the Philippines, Christian Aid has also made €54,000 available to help partner organisations respond to the needs of 6,000 families affected by floods.
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