Indonesia - Floods and Landslides OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0156
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Indonesia - Floods, Landslides
2 August 2001

This report is based on information provided by the Government of Indonesia through the OCHA Office in Jakarta and by the international media.

Situation and response

1. Information provided by the National Disaster Management Coordination Board (Bakornas PB) confirm that 30 bodies have been recovered (as opposed to earlier reports), 4 people are severely injured, and 826 persons are missing as a result of the floods and landslides on the island of Nias, North Sumatra.

2. According to the account issued on 1 August 2001 by the Natural Disaster Coordinating Post in Nias district and the Disaster Management Coordination Unit of North Sumatra (Satkorlak PBP), 3 Sub-districts were hit by the disaster, destroying 146 houses. 2 bridges were damaged and the main road connecting Mt Sitoli and Lalowa has been blocked by landslides.

3. Based on information from the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Medan Region I, in the month of August, there is still potential for heavy rains and thunderstorms, with strong winds of 60 to 80 kilometres per hour and waves that could reach 3 to 6 metres during the day.

4. Bakornas has dispatched a mission, comprising senior officials of the Indonesian line ministries, to the affected area. The team is bringing along 100 MT of rice and IDR 100 million (USD 10,200). It will reach the location on Friday, 3 August.

5. The Provincial Government of North Sumatra provided food (5 MT of rice, cooking oil, noodles, soya sauce, sugar, etc.), non-food relief items, such as blankets and medical supplies, and IDR 200 million (USD 20,400). The Governor of North Sumatra departed for Nias on 1 August.

6. The District Government of Nias has formed a rescue team of 115 people to recover the victims of the disaster. 550 flood persons have been accommodated in a school in Lahusa sub-district and food (rice, noodles, side-dishes) and medicines were provided.

7. The following relief materials are requested from the Central Government:

  • 50 MT of rice
  • food (side-dishes)
  • stoves for cooking
  • 500 sets of blankets and mosquito nets
  • tents
  • medicine
  • helicopters and additional aircraft
8. OCHA is in close contact with the OCHA Office in Jakarta and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

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