Indonesia: Java eruption and Sumatra earthquake and Tsunami (MDRID006) - Operation Update no. 3


Period covered by this operations update: 5 December 2010 - 15 January 2011.

Appeal target (current): CHF 5,038,980

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 62.7 per cent covered in cash and kind; and 63.38 per cent covered including contributions in the pipeline. Funds are still urgently needed to support the Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI/Indonesian Red Cross) in this operation.

Appeal history:

- The revised emergency appeal was launched on 19 November 2010 for CHF 5,038,980 in cash, kind, or services to support Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) to assist up to 100,000 beneficiaries in Merapi operation and 3,750 beneficiaries in the Mentawai operation.

- The preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 3 November 2010 for CHF 2,825,711 in cash, kind, or services to support PMI to assist up to 25,000 beneficiaries in Merapi operation and 3,750 beneficiaries in the Mentawai operation.

If there is no further volcanic activity, earthquakes or tsunamis in the areas needing assistance then the activities under this appeal are expected to be implemented over six months and completed by April 2011; with a final report made available by July 2011.


Up to this time of reporting, PMI has distributed shovels and hoes to 12,509 families for cleaning volcanic ash in their houses. In terms of clean water, PMI has distributed water plastic containers of 350-litre capacity to a total of

2,367 water containers under the Merapi operation. In addition, government community health centres (Puskesmas) and hospitals have gradually returned to normal. In Klaten district where the government health facility was forced to suspend health services resulting from the eruption, PMI operated a mobile clinic which reached 124 people in four villages. Meanwhile, PMI has also reached 1,065 people in both Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces through psychosocial support services (PSS).

During the reporting period, PMI prepared 200 baby kits for distribution. A baby kit consists of baby soap and shampoo, traditional local oil, lotion, powder, diaper, blanket, towel, and laundry soap. Meanwhile, under the Mentawai operation, PMI has distributed 13,000 zinc sheets, 1,655 plywood, 280 boxes of zinc nails, and 1,455 corner zinc sheets. In addition, PMI has distributed other relief items such as 630 kg of rice to 21 families most in need in Maurau sub-village, and 1,620 kg to 54 families in Asahan sub-village, Bulasat village, South Pagai. PMI has also distributed insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets to 54 families in Asahan sub-village and 51 families in Konik sub-village. For the shelter programme, to date, 417 units have been constructed. It was expected that by early February 2011, all of these shelters completed in South Pagai. In terms of PSS, PMI has reached 613 beneficiaries in South Pagai.

Partners which have made contributions to the appeal to date include American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Danish Red Cross/Danish government, Icelandic Red Cross, Iranian Red Crescent, Japanese Red Cross/Japanese government, Netherlands Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross/New Zealand government, Norwegian Red Cross/Norwegian government, Republic of Korea Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, and Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates. Contributions have also been received from the Australian government, and other international organizations and private donors.

Also supporting PMI in response to this disaster on a bilateral basis are American Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Hong Kong branch of Red Cross Society of China, Italian Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, and Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates.

On behalf of PMI, IFRC would like to thank all partners for their generous response to this appeal.