I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
- The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) confirmed 805 deaths.
- 10 United Nations agencies, and 184 relief organizations are operating in Padang.
- On 9 October, the Humanitarian Response Plan for US$ 38 million was launched, in coordination with the Government of Indonesia.
- Shelter continues to be the main concern.
II. Situation Overview
BNPB reported 805 deaths, following the earthquake on 30 September in West Sumatra Province. A further 241 people are missing. BNPB specified the number of buildings damaged, which include 388 offices; 3,146 classrooms; 122 health facilities; 49 bridges; 81 markets; and 2,351 places of worship.
Electricity supplies in the city of Padang have been restored to 100 percent. In Pariaman city, the electricity is 92 percent restored. Fuel stations across the province are operating normally.
According to the Provincial Coordination Body for Disaster Management, the total loss is estimated to be Rp2.2 trillion (US$233 million). However, life in the affected areas, particularly in Padang, is slowly returning to normal. Some people have started to rebuild their houses and buildings, markets are reopening and many children have returned to school. The main concern remains the provision of shelter and clean water for survivors. The city of Padang continues to experience water shortages, while the affected districts are coping with water from wells.
The Ministry of National Education has assembled a damage-assessment team from various universities. Together with provincial education authorities, they are conducting assessments of school damage. Heavily damaged and unsafe schools are flagged with red notices, warning teachers and students not to use them. Schools with some cracks and moderate damages are flagged with yellow notices, advising to use under supervision and with caution. Schools safe for regular use are flagged with blue or green flags.
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) conducted an assessment in Jambi province, which was struck by an earthquake on 1 October. PMI determined that 531 houses were severely damaged, 1,470 houses were slightly damaged and 36 houses collapsed in Kerinci district.
In Merangin district, 320 houses were severely damaged and 25 houses collapsed. Merangin district is difficult to reach due to its geographical terrain. Some roads are blocked by landslides, resulting in the need to distribute relief items by foot. Residents continue to stay outside their houses for fear of further aftershocks. The PMI branch in Kerinci distributed 45 tarpaulins; 30 sleeping mats; 60 family kits; and hygiene kits in Lolo Hilir and Lempur Tengah village, also in Kerinci.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.