Indonesia: Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/174
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Indonesia - Earthquake
Alor District, Nusa Tenggara Timur Province
18 November 2004

Provincial Government appeals for international assistance

1. According to the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Kupang, as many as 683 aftershocks have been registered since the earthquake of 12 November.

2. As of 18 November, the death toll has risen to 27, with 116 badly injured and 119 slightly injured. The earthquake has caused more than 15,000 households to become homeless out of a total population of Alor of about 36,000 households. People are afraid to stay inside their houses because of the constant aftershocks, and many are desperately seeking temporary shelter.

3. PMI (Indonesia Red Cross), MSF-B (Medicins Sans Frontieres-Belgium), and TNI (Indonesia Army) have provided adequate health support in Kalabahi, the capital of Alor, and the surrounding areas.

4. Regular coordination meeting have been established and are taking place every 2 days, between the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster and IDPs/Refugees (SATLAK) and all relief agencies in Alor.

5. The Government of Indonesia (GoI) continues providing relief assistance to the victims of the disaster by facilitating transport of relief supplies and providing military assets to support relief operations, including a hospital ship.

6. The OCHA office in Indonesia received an appeal for international assistance made by the Provincial Government of Nusa Tenggara Timur.

International Response

7. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has made an airlift of relief items worth around US$125,000. It consists of 90 tents (for 6 people), 30 rolls of plastic sheeting, 1,000 plastic mats, and 500 blankets.

8. The US Embassy has made available USD 50,000 in emergency relief assistance to the victims of the Alor earthquake. The US contribution consists of personal hygiene items, plastic sheeting, jerry cans, cooking utensils, tents and tarpaulins. This contribution is being channeled through USAID, IFRC, PMI and WVI.

9. OCHA Geneva has provided a grant of US$ 27,000 from the Danish pre-positioned fund for disaster relief, for the local purchase of relief items and/or logistical support to assist the affected population.

10. The Governments of Australia and China have also provided emergency aid worth A$ 50,000 (approx USD 37,200) and US$ 50,000 respectively to respond to the disaster.

11. In order to avoid any redundancies and overlapping, the provincial government has appealed to humanitarian agencies to coordinate with SATLAK.

Priority Needs.

12. The current needs are plastic sheeting, tarpaulins and mats (tikar) for shelter and tents for public activities such as a field hospital, school activities and places of worship. Mosquito nets are also considered important to try and prevent a malaria outbreak in the coming rainy season.

13. OCHA remains in contact with the office of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and will provide further information as it becomes available. At the field level, OCHA Indonesia remains in close contact with relevant government institutions and pertinent humanitarian agencies at the Central and Provincial level to monitor the development of the situation.

14. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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Mr. Ricardo Mena
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Press contact:
(GVA) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 2653
(N.Y.) Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. + 1-917 367 5126


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