Earthquake Appeal No. 25/04 Operation Update No. 01


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In Brief

Appeal No. 25/04; Operations Update No. 01; Period covered: 12 November to 07 December, 2004; Appeal coverage: expected 30 January 2005;

*note: the Contributions List will be available once updated to reflect the Revised Budget).

Appeal history:

  • Launched on 22 November 2004 for CHF 517,246 (USD 430,859) for three months to assist 4,000 of the most vulnerable households (20,000 people).

  • The budget has been revised to CHF 1,200,187 (USD 999,740) to accommodate the needs of recent massive earthquake affected population in Nabire (Papua) with the programme extending by nine months completing at 22 November 2005. The final report is now due on 22 February 2006.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 100,000.

Outstanding needs: CHF 838,115 (USD 698,139)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Annual Appeal (01.64/2004)

Operational Summary: Following an assessment and to address the emergency needs of the most vulnerable 4,000 households (20,000 people) in nine sub-districts of Alor island, East Nusa Tenggara province- affected by a massive earthquake on 12 November 2004, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale; an international appeal was launched on the 22 November 2004 as requested by the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI). With funds from DREF and continuous donor support, the Alor relief operation has begun as planned meeting the emergency needs of people affected by the deadly earthquake. While the emergency response was ongoing in Alor island, another massive earthquake, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia on 26 November. This time, the epicentre was located 17 km south of Nabire, West Papua province. Tremors of varying intensities were also felt in the towns of Sorong, Manokwari, Biak and Timika, all within a 200 km radius of the epicentre. According to the local government, apart from causing the deaths of 32 people and injuring hundreds of others, the powerful quake also cost some IDR 500 billion (USD 55 million) in material losses to Nabire. Following a rapid assessment of Nabire; and a detailed assessment in Alor island - the emergency appeal budget has been revised to accommodate short and long-term needs of the 93,600 most vulnerable households (468,000 people) in Nabire and Alor island for a 12-month period.