Indonesia: Floods Emergency Response Appeal No. 01/04 Final Report

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Appeal No. 02/04; Final Report - Indonesia: Floods Emergency Response; Period covered: 01 January, 2004 to 30 May 2004; Final appeal coverage: 99%. (Click here to go directly to the attached Contributions List, also available on the website). Note: Due to constraints with the financial systems the final financial statement will be delayed.

Appeal history:

Launched on 01 January, 2004 for CHF 539,305 (USD 431,444 or EUR 345,155) for 02 months to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.

Budget was revised to CHF 902,237; and programme extended until 30 May, 2004.

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 100,000 (reimbursed). Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Annual Appeal (01.64/2004)

Background and Summary

The year 2004 began with a great challenge for the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia or PMI). As the largest humanitarian organisation in Indonesia it was stretched to its limits meeting the needs of 25,000 flood victims in Jambi (main focus area), Palembang, Riau and South Sulawesi. Torrential rains during most of December resulted in the overflow of numerous rivers, such as the Batanghari river in Jambi province. Six people were killed and more than 20,000 people were displaced with over 200 houses, 200 schools, 70 health centres, hundreds of thousands of hectares of paddy fields, 45 mosques and seven bridges submerged by flood waters. The waters also damaged 75 floodgates and killed hundreds of farm animals. Nine other districts were flooded displacing thousands of people from across Sumatra and parts of Sulawesi. In addition, heavy rains during the first two weeks of December in the neighbouring Riau province caused the Kampar and Indragiri rivers to break their banks, flooding six districts by up to 1.5 metres. The floods killed two people, submerged 14,000 houses, 85 bridges, 130 kilometres of main road, 75 schools, 65 mosques, 245 orange plantations and 50 hectares of paddy fields.

Following assessment and at the request of PMI - the International Federation launched an appeal on 1 January 2004, seeking CHF 539,305 to address the emergency needs of 25,000 displaced people for two months. These people were living under distressed conditions in makeshift shelters on roadsides as well as in schools and mosques.

Throughout January until March Indonesia continued to be barraged by torrential rains causing extensive flooding in several provinces such as West and South Kalimantan, West Java, South and West Sumatra, and East Nusa Tenggara. As a result, thousands of people were displaced as the flood water inundated thousands of houses, paddy fields, roads and bridges.

Generous donor support permitted the movement partners (PMI and the Federation) to extend the operation to 30 May 2004, in order to: a) provide humanitarian assistance to flood affected people in areas not included in the original plan b) ensure that assistance was provided in more sectors as needed c) enhance emergency response/preparedness capacity through stockpiling, to respond promptly and effectively to any future emergency situation across Indonesia

Accordingly the programme was officially completed on 30 May 2004 and fulfilled all objectives; humanitarian services were provided to more then 50,000 flood affected people in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. In addition, emergency family kits (comprising household and hygiene articles) and shelter provisions (tarpaulins) for 30,000 people as well as water purification tablets for 250,000 people with five years shelf life were available with PMI - as contingency stock for future intervention.


At the field level in each place of operation, close coordination was maintained between the PMI/Federation response team and the local government unit SATKORLAK/SATLAK PBP (provincial/ district coordinating unit for the management of disaster and internally displaced persons). Also included were local representatives, community leaders, NGOs and the PMI local network (targeted chapter/branch - represented by the chairman or other governing committee members) who coordinated in terms of assessment, information sharing, conducting registration, receiving goods, local warehousing and transportation, distribution, security, monitoring and follow-up visits.

Analysis of the operation - objectives, achievements, impact

Objectives and activities planned

Based on the available information, followed by several local assessment missions and the capacity of the PMI chapter/branches, these objectives were set to meet the needs of the flood distress population:

Water for life savings

Objective: To provide clean and safe water in the three areas of Jambi most susceptible to water crisis

Activity: 30 hand pumps to be installed in Muaro Jambi, Tanjab Timur, Batanghari, the three most affected districts of Jambi Relief Distributions

Objective: To provide family kits and hygiene materials to households and families.

Activity: Team SATGANA (PMI rapid response team at field level) to distribute 5,338 family kits throughout the affected areas and camp residences.


Objective: To provide shelter material (tarpaulin) for 4,338 families.

Activity: To distribute 4,338 tarpaulins (one per family) to those whose houses have collapsed or have a damaged roof and/or have been forced to leave their homes and live in the open.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In (Country): Johny Mamoedi, Head of DM Division,Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/ PMI); phone: +62 21 799 2325; fax: + 62 21 7995188 email:

In (Country): Latifur Rahman, Disaster Management Delegate, Federation Delegation Indonesia; phone: + 62 21 7919 1841; fax: + 62 21 7918 0905 email:

In Geneva: Charles Evans, Federation Secretariat, Geneva; + 44 22 730 4320, fax: +41 22 733 0395 email:

For longer-term programmes, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal.

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