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Health Action in Crises Highlights No 148 - 5 to 11 March 2007

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Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters. The mandate of the WHO Departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery. This note, which is not exhaustive, is designed for internal use and does not reflect any official position of the WHO Secretariat.

INDONESIA

Assessments and events:

Sumatra

- On 6 March, two strong earthquakes hit Sumatra near Padang, killing at least 70 people and injuring an estimated 194. Some buildings collapsed while several others were badly damaged.

- The Padang Referral Hospital had to temporarily evacuate patients. Following the quake, hospitals reported being overwhelmed with injured patients.

- Authorities are providing free medical service to the affected communities. Provincial and district health offices are monitoring the health situation.

East Nuda Tenggara Province

- A landslide early on 3 March has killed 40 and injured 26 in several areas of Manggarai District; 34 are still missing.

- The flood and landslide also inundated and damaged hundreds of houses.

- The IDPs need food and clean water, water purification tablets, hygiene kits as well as tents, kerosene lamps boots, rain coats, etc.

Actions:

Sumatra

- A UN inter-agency aid team arrived in the affected area on 7 March.

- WHO, in close cooperation with the MoH, is monitoring the health situation

- Emergency trauma kits are on stand-by for immediate shipment. Health professionals are also on stand-by and ready for deployment if required.

East Nuda Tenggara Province

- The MoH and WHO are monitoring the situation and have deployed a health team for rapid assessment. They have evacuated the wounded, established health posts, provided health care at the local hospital and health facilities.

- WHO has stand-by emergen[attachment "Full_ Report.pdf" deleted by Yuko Doi/OCHA/FD] cy medical supplies for support as required.