ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund No. 14/2017: Assistance to people displaced by increased volcanic activity on Mt.Agung, in Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia
The volcanic activity from seismicity of Mt. Agung in Karangasem Regency, Bali Province, has kept increasing over the last weeks. On 22 September 2017 at 20.30 WITA, the status was raised from orange alert (level 3) to red alert (level 4, the highest), by the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM). The high volcanic activity has put some districts in a state of emergency with any potential eruption in the future. National and provincial authorities reported the significant increase of volcanic activity and by 23 September 2017, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) deployed initial team to assess and set up the command post. On 5 October 2017, the total numbers of IDPs at 427 points in 9 districts is 146,797.
Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU) a national member from the ACT Indonesia Forum is the ACT requesting member for this response, and had identify the following sectors as priorities: Shelter, non-food items, Health/ Nutrition, and WASH. Although, YEU is requesting for USD 59,998 to assist over 1,104 affected people but considering the current funding level of the global RRF pot at ACT Alliance Secretariat, The Secretariat has approved the use of USD 40,000 to the ACT Indonesia Forum in implementing the activities under this RRF. However, YEU remains positioned to receive additional contributions especially if a huge eruption occurs.
The local economy has suffered massive losses since orange alert status was declared on 18 September 2017 which further exacerbates the situation of the people due to loss of income from farming, raising cattle and tourism.
The current situation shows pressing needs that should be addressed :
Clean water as well as sanitation and hygiene infrastructure which is accessible for elderly and the disabled
Special needs of vulnerable groups: baby and elderly diapers: cajuput oil; blankets; sleeping mats; tarpaulins; mattresses; underwear and healthy supplementary feeding
Establishing inclusive and accountable shelter management
The direct situation is further compounded for displaced people with vulnerabilities, more specifically for the vulnerable groups (children under 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, elderly and people with disabilities). There is a pressing necessity to provide i mmediate assistance to minimize loss of life, especially of those staying in temporary shelters for an indefinite period of time, and to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are covered first.