Indonesia – Earthquake Update (DG ECHO, National Disaster Management Authority) (ECHO Daily Flash of 17 August 2018)
As of 15 August, the series of earthquakes and aftershocks in Lombok Island have caused 460 deaths, 7 733 injured and 417 259 displaced people, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB).
West Nusa Tenggara Governor has extended the emergency response period until 25 August in order to be able to further evacuate affected people from areas at risk and prevent collateral disasters.
Assessments of economic damage and loss are ongoing: potential economic impact are now estimated at USD 510 million, but this figure may increase in the next days or weeks. An initial damage assessment to infrastructure reports 32 016 houses severely damaged, 3 173 moderately damaged, 36 773 slightly damaged as well as 52 health facilities, 128 religious facilities and 6 bridges damaged.
While the Government of Indonesia reiterated that international assistance is not required, humanitarian assessments suggest the need for protection and immediate access to proper temporary shelter in North, West, East Lombok Regencies and Mataram city.
DG ECHO has contributed with EUR 650 000 to the emergency appeal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in support of the relief operations of its Indonesian Society (PMI).