Indonesia Earthquake: UK Government Department for International Development Humanitarian Response Information Update 5 Jun 2006

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DFID has so far pledged £5 million towards the relief effort, including £1 million to the Federation, £3 million to the UN and £1 million to NGOs.

The £1 million to UK NGOs is made up of £400,000 to Oxfam, £400,000 to Save the Children Fund and £200,000 to Handicap International.

UN Emergency Response Plan calls for $103 million to cover immediate needs for the next six months. Donors (including the UK) have committed $23 million and pledged an additional $35 million toward the relief effort.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) the official death toll stands at approximately 6,000 with up to 53,000 injured and up to 650,000 people displaced.

Emergency aid has begun to reach survivors but many people remain without shelter. The emphasis is on getting supplies to remote villages.

67,000 houses have been destroyed, with a further 72,000 damaged.

Hospitals remain overstretched. There are about 9,000 hospital beds serving 20,000 patients and up to 30,000 outpatients. The inpatients that cannot be housed in hospitals are camping outside the hospitals with their families in large numbers, presenting a potential health risk.

The airport in Yogyakarta is open for humanitarian relief only.

Immediate Needs

Government of Indonesia and UN are confident that immediate needs are largely being met.

The focus of relief operations is on health, shelter, and water and sanitation.

Additional DFID response

Two DFID humanitarian experts have relocated from the Bantul region to Jakarta to provide further briefing and co-ordination with the DFID office in Indonesia, the UN and other agencies.

Indonesia's response

The Government of Indonesia has pledged $115 million to the relief and rehabilitation effort.

Food, water, tents, tarpaulins and baby kits are being distributed with support from the Federation and Indonesian Red Cross Society

A mass vaccination campaign against measles has already started.

The Government of Indonesia has deployed health teams and supplies and set up 18 field hospitals. It has erected emergency tents and set up public kitchens in coordination with local government and Palang Merah Indonesia (Indonesian Red Cross Society).

The Indonesian military is supporting relief operations, particularly medical and logistics.

International response - other organisations

The UN's World Food Programme are targeting food aid to 100,000 people each month for the first two months and then down to 40,000 people each month for following four months.

The World Food Programme is providing 50 tons of high energy biscuits and 80 tons of fortified noodles.

UNICEF's water tanker operation is rapidly growing with plans for 45 trucks (30 in Bantul and 15 in Klaten) operating on four rotations a day to supply 720,000 litres of water.

UNICEF has delivered some 12,000 hygiene kits for 60,000 people.

Several countries have pledged financial and material support (Japan - $10 million, Australia - $7.5 million, Germany, Ireland, USA, - $5 million each, Norway - $5 million, the Netherlands - $1.2 million, Canada - $1.7 million, and the European Commission - $3.7 million). China has pledged $2 million in bilateral assistance.

Asia Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $60 million to the Government of Indonesia for rehabilitation ($10 million in immediate grant assistance, and $50 million in soft loans).

UK NGOs MERLIN, Oxfam, Islamic Relief, Save the Children UK and Plan International are working in the affected area.

Situation background

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale (depth 17 kms) struck Java, Indonesia at 05.54 local time (27 May), 22.54 GMT (26 May). The epicentre was on the southern coast approximately 37 kms south of Yogyakarta.

The affected area is approximately 500 sq km. The population within affected area is approximately 5 million.

The Government of Indonesia declared a state of emergency and issued a request for assistance to embassies on 28 May.

Due to on-going work following the tsunami and preparedness activities being undertaken in expectation of an eruption from Mount Merapi, there are a number of UN, NGO and Red Crescent staff and resources already in country/region.

For more information contact DFID press office on 020 7023 0600 or the Public Enquiry Point on 0845 300 4100