Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 174 - 10 to 16 Sep 2007
INDONESIA - SUMATRA EARTHQUAKE
Assessments and Events
- On 12 September a powerful earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter Scale struck off the coast of the Sumatra Island. Tsunami warnings were repeatedly issued and lifted for the entire Indian Ocean area including Indonesia, the Maldives, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
- Up to 17 deaths are reported as well as damage to power supply and communication systems in Bengkulu. OCHA reports several buildings collapsed in Padang and major damage in the island of Mentawi (off the Sumatra coast).
- Patients were evacuated from Bengkulu Hospital to field hospital tents.
- The Government has not made any request for international support so far.
- The MoH Crisis Centre and WHO are ready to respond with emergency supplies from the Jakarta Joint Emergency Depot.
- The IASC Country Team reviewed the information on the impact of the earthquakes, and concluded that a major international relief operation is not foreseen at this point in time. However, agencies in the country will continue to support government efforts in responding to this disaster.
- OCHA is liaising with the Government disaster response agency.
- Australia is providing an initial contribution of US$ 50 000 to support deployment of Indonesian emergency medical teams and transport critical relief items to the affected areas.