Friday, 14 September 2007

Indonesia earthquake. Update

Indonesian Red Cross volunteers taking an injured woman to hospital

Here is the latest update on the earthquake in Indonesia
Indonesian Red Cross Society (PMI)
Brief summary of situation
After a strong earthquake struck the west coast of Sumatera with a force of 7,9 on the Richter scala on September 12th 2007, BMG (Meteorology and Geophysics Agency) reported that after 32 hours, 48 earthquakes with 4.5 – 7.7 magnitude on Richter scale, for which three tsunami warnings were promulgated even it was cancelled after two hours.

Impact for this earthquake reported in Bengkulu was 6 districts affecte: Bengkulu City, North Bengkulu, Mukomuko, Kapahyang, Seluma and South Bengkulu and North Bengkulu is the most affected district. It is reported that 10 people have died and 14 peoples injured, also reported 267 houses totally damaged, 3.119 houses sustained heavy damaged and 3.202 houses light damaged, and for public facilities, it is reported 17 schools building, 24 worship places and 12 offices building damaged, also reported airport in Bengkulu is accessible with small and medium aircraft, also road condition is possible to pass with motorcycle, car and medium truck with 7 tons capacity. Electricity in Bengkulu and some part of Sumatra were disturbed because electricity power plant were affected by the shock. In terms of health services for earthquake victims, M. Yunus public hospital officer in Bengkulu announced the temporary tents will keep serving for one week ahead.

In West Sumatra province: 5 districts affected: Padang City, Pesisir Selatan, Pariaman, Solok and Mentawai district. Pesisir Selatan was the most affected district, also reported 4 people died, 5 people badly injured and 10 people sustained light injuries, and for infrastructure damage reported 2.318 houses heavy damaged, 344 medium damaged and 1.601 lightly damaged.

Minangkabau Airport (international commercial air port) still functioning as well as Tabing air port (military air port).
The need for both provinces to cope with earthquake are:
1. Platoon tent
2. Tarpaulin
3. Blanket
4. Mosquito nets
5. Water and sanitation
6. Lantern

Actions taken by Red Cross
National Level
- Dispatched relief item such as 2.000 pcs tarpaulins, emergency medicines for 1.000 patients, 485 pcs mosquito nets (from Jakarta Central Ware houses), 150 family kits, 1.500 hygiene kit (from Padang Regional Warehouse), 500 pcs Kerosene stove (from Surabaya Central Warehouse) to Bengkulu
- Dispatched relief item such as 500 pcs Hygiene kits and 500 pcs tarpaulins to Pesisir Selatan district from Padang Regional warehouses
- Assessment consists with PMI NHQ Staff with Watsan, Relief and PSP Expert and IFRC was on the field to analyze the need.

- Satgana (disaster response team) Evacuated patients in M. Yunus Public Hospital
- Established platoon tents as field hospital near M. Yunus Public Hospital
- Set up temporary shelters for survivors
- Giving ambulance services
- Conduct damaged assessment in Bengkulu city, North Bengkulu and Mukomuko district
- Team assessment from PMI NHQ, Federation and Chapter Bengkulu formulated service delivery plan regarding last situation
- Coordination with local government and other actors on the field

Padang ( West Sumatra )
- Evacuated patients in M. Jamil Public Hospital and evacuated victims on the ruins buildings
- Conduct damage assessment in disaster areas
- PMI Padang City established 50 temporary tents for IDPs
- Established post command on the location
- Satgana helping the patients on the hospital
- Satgana and CBAT (Community Based Action Team) established 4 unit tents near the hospital in Painan district
- Giving ambulance services
- Coordination and close communication with actors on the field
Close coordination through out the movement PMI NHQ, Federation Indonesia Delegation, PNSs, Donors, APDMU and Secretariat Geneva is on going.

DMIS will update for any change situation
Actions taken by others (if any)
- Vice chairman of Bakornas PB on Natonal level stated an emergency response 6 days for Bengkulu province and 4 days for Padang city
- BMG announce the tremors still going on until two weeks
- Air force dispatch 2 Hercules aircraft, 1 unit aircraft type CN-235, 1 unit Fokker 28, 2 unit helicopter Puma type, and 2 unit helicopter Bell type to mobilised medical and relief items
- Health department dispatched 1 tons medical, 3 tons of infant food, and 1 ton food
- Social institution on district level in Padang dispatched food relief items
- Satkorlak in two provinces always standby and gave the early warning system and instructed direction for community
PMI NHQ DM Team telp +6221 7992325 ext 202, email
Primary contact
Mr. Arifin Muh. Hadi, Head Of DM Division; Mobile: (+62 811) 943952; Telephone: (+62 21) 799 2325 ext. 222; e-mail:
Secondary contact
Ms. Aswi Nugroho, Head of Communication Department, PMI; Mobile: (+62 816) 1667227; Telephone: (+62 799 2325) ext. 201; Fax: (+62 21) 799 5188
Tertiary contact
Jeong Park, IFRC DM Delegate Indonesia; Mobile: (+62 811) 826614; e-mail:


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