Indonesia: Central Aceh earthquake DREF operation n° MDRID008 Final report

Summary: CHF 192,990 was allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in delivering assistance to some 5,000 beneficiaries (1,000 households) over a period of two months.

This allocation was in response to a 6.2 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Indonesia’s Aceh province on the island of Sumatra on 2 July 2013. Of the total amount allocated, CHF 125,565 was spent.

The balance of CHF 67,425 will be returned to DREF.

The earthquake caused significant damage to poorly designed structures and partially damaged many other buildings and facilities. It caused several landslides and contributed to further damage to infrastructure, buildings and communication systems. Many areas close to the epicentre were cut off from access by road.

Since the earthquake hit, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) quickly became involved in the relief operation. They mobilized to evacuate people from dangerous locations, distributed relief materials, provided basic first aid and medical assistance and helped in the provision of drinking water and shelter materials. Volunteers were engaged in raising awareness about improved hygiene and living conditions through a series of public awareness-raising campaigns and psychosocial support activities. Up to 5,000 people were targeted during the two months operation.

Donors to this DREF operation included the Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), the Coca-Cola Foundation and Tsunami Residual Funds. On behalf of the Indonesian Red Cross, IFRC acknowledges with much gratitude, the contributions from each donor.