ADRA starts food distribution after landslides in Indonesia

News and Press Release
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Silver Spring, Maryland-The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) office in Indonesia is distributing food to flood and landslide survivors on Nias Island, located on the western coast of North Sumatra Province, Indonesia.
After assessing the needs and meeting with local authorities, it was agreed that ADRA would provide food supplies to more than 1,900 survivors. The Lahusa subdistrict has the greatest number of people who need help.

Volunteers mobilized by ADRA Indonesia are assisting in the food distribution. The family-sized food packages contain one month's supply of rice, palm oil, instant noodles, peanuts, and mung beans.

"We are helping those most in need," states Robert Patton, Associate Director for ADRA Indonesia.

An unusual amount of rain during the annual dry season triggered flooding and landslides in six subdistricts. Nearly 700 houses have been damaged or destroyed. 195 people are missing, and 84 people have died.

ADRA has been active in Indonesia through a variety of programs, including small business loans, clean water projects, an orphanage, Food for Work projects that benefited 30,000 people in one year, drought relief projects, and other disaster response activities.

Located between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia includes 13,670 islands. Its population of 216 million is the fourth largest in the world.

ADRA International Headquarters
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Ph: 800-424-ADRA (2372); Fax: 301-680-6370
E-mail: Norma Sahlin, Media Relations Manager