Indonesia - Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0216
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Indonesia - Earthquake
1 November 2002

This situation report is based on information provided by the authorities in the affected region, the OCHA offices in Jayapura and Jakarta, the IFRC, and press reports.

Event and Impact

1. On 10 October 2002 an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale struck Manokwari District, in the province of Papua, Indonesia, affecting 9 sub-districts (Ransiki, Manokwari, Bintuni, Windesi, Anggi, Prafi, Warmare, Oransbari, and Wasior). Ransiki and Oransbari sub-districts were the worst affected. Several aftershocks were registered.

2. The Satlak (District Executing Unit for the Management of Disasters and IDPs/Refugees) reported that 8 people had died and 632 people been injured, 6 of them seriously. In the 9 sub-districts affected, the Government has recorded 1,000 homes as severely damaged, 690 homes as partially damaged, and 14 mosques, 46 churches, 44 office buildings, 21 schools, 7 halls, 2 markets, 30km of road, 5 bridges, and 71 other buildings as damaged.

3. Several small villages on Rumberpoen Island (Yambekiri, Yomakan, Yari-yari, and Kaprus) in the sub-district of Ransiki have been severely affected. Although no deaths were reported, one person was seriously injured, and 298 families (1,387 people) were affected. Many people sought shelter in the mountains as their houses had been leveled to the ground. They received assistance for the first time during an assessment mission by the Manokwari Satlak from 12 to 14 October.

4. In Oransbari Sub-district, 297 families have been affected, 109 houses severely damaged and 159 houses, 6 government buildings and a pier partially damaged. The victims of the earthquake received assistance for the fist time from the visiting Satlak team during the mission mentioned above.

5. Twelve villages of Anggi Sub-district, in the Highlands area, have been affected. One death was reported, and 56 houses have been severely damaged.

National Response

6. A Disaster Operations Centre involving the Police Department in Manokwari, the General Hospital, the Health District Office (Dinas Kesehatan), and the military was set up in Manokwari Town on 13 October.

7. The Satlak Coordinator of Manokwari District reported on 25 October that the distribution of assistance had been distributed to the victims of the earthquake in 3 of the 9 affected districts. A total of 23 MT of rice, 6 packs of tea, 1 MT of sugar, 340 packs of foodstuffs, 234 tents, 50 sacks of cement, and 5 bales of medicine has been delivered to Manokwari, Oransbari and Ransiki sub-districts.

8. Emergency assistance from the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and IFRC reached Manokwari on 25 October. The distribution of assistance by truck to the affected population in Oransbari (84 family kits and 84 plastic sheets) and mainland Ransiki (289 family kits) sub-districts was carried out and completed on 26-27 October. On 28 October, 243 family kits and plastic sheets were distributed by boat to Isenebuai (45), Yumakan (61), Yanbekiri (87), Yari-Yari (25), Kaprus (25) on Rumberpoen Island and other affected islands in Ransiki Sub-district. The distribution of 129 kits and 123 plastic sheets in Anggi District in the Highland areas is still a problem as landslides have occurred and the alternative route is by air.

9. An OCHA staff member based in Jayapura, Papua conducted an information-gathering mission on 25-28 October to collect data and assess the situation in disaster-affected areas of Manokwari, Ransiki, and Oranbari sub-districts and meet with the local authorities.

International Response

10. Even though Indonesia did not request external assistance, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) issued on 18 October an Appeal for US$ 254,000 to respond to the immediate needs of 4,000 affected families, in particular shelter and household items, as well as shelter rehabilitation needs.

11. At the request of the OCHA office in Jakarta and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Indonesia, OCHA has provided an Emergency Grant worth US$ 20,000 to contribute to the costs of transportation by air by the IFRC of 300 plastic sheets and family kits from Surabaya, East Java to Papua.

12. Updates on contributions to this disaster may be found on the OCHA Internet Website ( by clicking on Financial Tracking for this disaster. Donors are requested to verify this table and inform OCHA Geneva of corrections/additions/values. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardized Contributions Recording Format available electronically in the above-mentioned Financial Tracking Website.

13. This is the last situation report on this disaster. It is also available, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, on the OCHA Internet Website at

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