Indonesia: OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 167

7 - 13 February 2004
Provincial Updates




A series of moderate to minor after shocks continued to be felt in and around Nabire. On Thursday (11 Feb.), there were four after shocks. The Government has announced that similar shocks would continue for the next few days and advised people not to stay inside their houses.

According to the Health Department on Friday (13 Feb.), the death toll from the recent earthquake in Nabire rose to 37. Meanwhile, 115 people are registered as seriously injured and 515 with mild injuries. In cooperation with TNI, the Health Department has dispatched a medical team and provided ambulances, drugs and medical equipment. An emergency hospital (Rumah Sakit Lapangan) has been covering the functions of the damaged Nabire Hospital since last week. In addition to the earthquake injuries, most patients are treated for Malaria, URTI (Upper Respiratory Track Infection) and diarrhoea.

The airport remains open and commercial flights with small aircraft begin to operate (Trigana Air, Merpati & Mimika Air). However, large aircraft are unable to land due to the cracks on the short runway. Sea transportation remains uninterrupted. Traffic is normal in the city center and other roads.

The Government has allocated emergency relief funds through the Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare office (IDR 1 billion), the Social Department (IDR 200 million, 50 MT of rice) and Provincial Government of Papua (IDR 300 million)

Emergency assistance from the local Government and international organizations is arriving in Nabire, including assistance from the Government of USA (US$ 50,000), The Government of Japan (US$ 124,000), AusAID (US$ 39,000) and UN OCHA (US$ 40,000). Assistance was also provided by UNICEF (42 kg of drugs), MSF-B (a medical team and medicine), PT Freeport (3 generators, drugs, blanket and air transportation) and IFRC/PMI (plastic sheets, blood bags, body bags, mosquito nets and family kits). PMI is considering to provide additional relief items to the affected population (i.e. mosquito nets and water containers).

The joint OCHA-UNICEF team has returned from Nabire on Thursday (12 Feb.), however, OCHA continues monitoring of the situation and maintaining contacts with the authorities and organizations.

Floods and Landslide

North Sumatra

From 7 to 11 February, PMI distributed 300 sets of kitchen utensils funded by OCHA, to the victims of November 2003 Bahorok floods. The victims have been sheltered temporarily at Bukit Lawang, Langkat district of North Sumatra. Another 116 kitchen sets will be distributed soon. OCHA Aceh monitored the distribution of the utensils.

East Nusa Tenggara

Pos Kupang reported on Wednesday (11 Feb.), that a health POSKO managed by Manggarai Health Office in Reo informed that 429 people out of 781 families affected by Wae Pesi flood are suffering from diarrhoea and respiratory diseases. According to the head of Reo puskesmas, Agustinus Gusti, there is an adequate amount of medicines.

In order to prevent future impacts of disaster on people living along Wae Pesi river, Manggarai, the Provincial Government of East Nusa Tenggara advised District Government of Manggarai to consider resettling people to a safer place. However, as reported by Pos Kupang, on Thursday (12 Feb.), some fishermen rejected this plan and opted for living alongside the river because of their profession.

Pos Kupang reported on Thursday (12 Feb.), that POSKO in Reo informed that the recent floods caused financial loss amounting to more than IDR 3 billion. This does not include damage to transportation infrastructures.


East Nusa Tenggara

Pos Kupang reported on Monday (9 Feb.), that the District Government of Manggarai decided to return IDPs in Maumere who were evacuated from Hale, Hebing,, Natakoli and Egon Gahar villages, as these four villages are not included in a hazardous zone. Meanwhile, a vulcanologist, Gede Swantika, informed that there was only a small risk that Mt. Egon would erupt in the immediate future.

2. ACEH (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam)

General Situation

Various local press reported that 11 civilians and 40 GAM members were killed in Aceh province during the week.

A local newspaper, Waspada, quoted the Governor of Aceh, Abdullah Puteh, on Saturday (7 Feb.), saying that the Local Government purchased a Russian helicopter type Louser MI-2 made by Rostov Military Factory at IDR 11,250 billion (US$ 1,400,000). The cost was covered by 13 districts and the local budget. He added that the purchase of the helicopter was based on security concerns.

A local newspaper, Serambi, reported on Tuesday (10 Feb.), that spokesperson and 6 other members of Regional People's Representative Council (DPRD) were arrested on Monday (9 Feb.) and accused of abusing the 2002 provincial budget of IDR 5.6 billion (US$ 650,000) to purchase private cars. They are now under custody of the Attorney General's office.

Waspada reported on Monday (9 Feb.), that the Secretary General of Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), Iyang D. Sukandar, appealed to TNI and GAM to respect and protect the civilian's rights. He also clarified the PMI/ICRC statements of 28 January that indicated their position of temporarily postponing the facilitation and mediation efforts in releasing the civilian hostages due to many obstacles in the field. Meanwhile, as reported by The Jakarta Post on Thursday (12 Feb.), Sukandar also asked two warring parties not to interfere the humanitarian works and allow them to move around freely during their duties in the field.

Waspada and Serambi reported on Sunday (8 Feb.), that TNI rescued a 9 member PMI medical team in the hinterland of Keude Geureubak, Bandar Alam sub-district of East Aceh district. The PMI team went there as requested by GAM to provide medical treatment to the local settlers. According to TNI, some PMI team members did not obtain the permit and recommendation from PDMD.

The Jakarta Post quoted the Secretary to Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs, Lt. Gen. Sudi Silalahi, on Tuesday (10 Feb), saying that the Government has appointed the Chairman of PMI, Mari'ie Muhammad, as the head of the integrated operation monitoring team in Aceh. The team consists of several independent officers from Jakarta and Aceh. The team will monitor budget allocations and the related accountability reports, progress on economic recovery, as well as social and humanitarian initiatives.


General Situation and Population Movement

Nothing to report.


General Situation

A local newspaper, Ambon Ekspres, reported on Monday (9 Feb.), that a community member in Gunung Nona of Ambon city discovered an active mortar on Sunday (8 Feb.). According to Deputy Chief of Maluku Police, Bambang Suedi, the police bomb squad removed the mortar for further investigation. According to the Chief of Police for Ambon Island, Teguh Budi Prosojo, he suspected that the mortar was an old ordnance from the colonial time in Maluku and did not have any connection with the recent conflict in Maluku.


General Situation

A local newspaper, Ternate Pos, reported on Tuesday (10 Feb.), that around 1,700 destroyed houses of IDPs in West Halmahera district need to be rehabilitated or reconstructed.

Ternate Pos reported on Friday (13 Feb.), that the unsettled electricity bills from the IDPs would be paid by the Government of Ternate City and West Halmahera. Data from the state-owned electricity company, PLN Ternate, stated that there were 655 IDP subscribers who had not yet settled their electricity bills.


General Situation and Population Movement

Nothing to report


General Situation

A local newspaper, Pos Kupang, reported on Tuesday (10 Feb.), that a low explosive home-made bomb exploded on Monday (9 Feb.) in the garage of a provincial parliament member, Matheos Lenggu. There was no casualty caused by this incident. The police is still investigating the incident.

Population Movement

IOM reported on Thursday (12 Feb.), that it assisted 7 former refugees to repatriate to East Timor from Kupang district through Motaain border, Belu district.



Shelter and Non-food Items

On Thursday (5 Feb.), the Government of Aceh Tamiang received some non-food items from Provincial Social Department of Aceh. These items will be distributed to IDPs in Bendahara and Seruway sub-districts.


Deputy UN Field Security Officer and Assistant FSO are visiting Aceh to assess the security situation and discussing the issue of security and movement of humanitarian personnel in Aceh province.


Food Security and Agriculture

From 9 to 14 February, CWS distributed food items (i.e rice, vegetable oil and red beans) to 4,373 families in Lage, North Pamona and Poso Pesisir sub-districts.

From 9 to 12 February, CWS held an agriculture and cake-baking training event in Tojo sub-district.

Under its Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition project, CARE continued a base line survey.

Economic Recovery and Infrastructure

Through an LNGO, Karunia, Mercy Corps distributed non-food items (i.e. kitchen utensils and sarongs) to 205 families (820 persons) in Podi village, Tojo sub-district on Thursday (12 Feb.).


On 6 February, Mercy Corps agreed to fund an LNGO, Sintuwu Maroso Komite, to hold a motorbike race on Friday (20 Feb.).



A local newspaper, Ambon Ekspres, reported on Wednesday (11 Feb.), that the Governor and Vice Governor of Drenthe province of the Netherlands visited Ambon from 10 to 12 February. The purpose of the visit was to look at the possibility for cooperation between Ambon and Drenthe, and following up on the cooperation between the two cities on water management. According to a representative from Drenthe province, Mr. Swistera, the Government of Denthe has been assisting Ambon since 1998 through establishment of a water company named "Dream Success Airindo".

Three officials from CPRU/UNSFIR Jakarta visited Ambon on Thursday (12 Feb.) as part of a research programme in conflict prevention. The team met with some community leaders and head of UN OCHA Maluku.

From 12 to 13 February, the Chief of Asia, Pacific, Americas and Caribbean Section of Response Coordination Branch (RCB) UN OCHA Geneva and the Deputy Chief of OCHA Indonesia visited Ambon to discuss the humanitarian/transition situation and OCHA's role with relevant actors. They also met with provincial authorities and visited some IDP and returnee sites on Ambon Island.


JRS distributed 38-scholarship questionnaires among students in Paso, Benteng and Rijali villages of Ambon city.

CARDI distributed sports/recreation equipment (i.e. guitar, drum, leather and plastic balls) for 12 youth clubs on Seram Island and vocational workshop materials (i.e. sewing machine, baking equipments, mirrors and salon accessories) for 2 youth clubs on Ambon Island.

Under its Social Protection Programme, SC UK set up youth and adult support groups in Hulaliu, Pelauw, Haruku Samet and Rohomoni villages of Haruku Island to address social protection concerns that has an impact on the lives of children and young people.

Under its Engaging Activities for Involving Children and Young People in Building Respectful and Safe Communities programme (ENACT), SC UK facilitated a community event in Pohon Puleh and Jalan Baru villages of Ambon city. The events were aiming at bringing both communities together and providing an opportunity for children and young people to give a positive contribution to the community.

Water and Sanitation

Mercy Corps funded an LNGO, Yayasan Sehati, for a water and sanitation programme for 178 households in Mepa village, South Buru sub district, Buru Island.


Through an LNGO, Yayasan Pelangi, Mercy Corps conducted training event on Non-violence Peace Practice for 30 Christian and Moslem youths at Halong Navy Base of Ambon city.

CARDI conducted a training for 24 participants from 12 community committees on project finance and logistics. The aim of the training is to prepare the participants for school and water project implementation. The committees will implement five school rehabilitation and seven wat-san projects on Seram Island.

ICMC completed its fifth series of community dialogue activities in Salahutu sub district of Central Maluku district. A total of 1,111 people participated in 92 dialogue activities to support community members in the continued organization and development of community identified joint interest groups (JIGs). The purpose of this series was to provide gender awareness and advocacy training inputs to grassroots community members in order to support local community capacities for peace and community-driven development as a component of the post return community reintegration process.



Under its Protection, Information and Advocacy program, CARDI conducted a series of meetings with Government officials to discuss the Government policy on the status of IDPs, resettlement and relocation in North Maluku province.

IRD conducted assessments in 13 villages in Ternate City, 8 villages in Bacan sub-district, and 7 villages in Obi sub-district for its Conflict Transformation Through Infrastructure (CTTI) that is funded by UNOPS/UNDP. IRD also conducted a series of meetings with Government officials to introduce the programme.

WVI conducted Community Needs Assessment in 8 villages in Tobelo, Galela, Kao and Malifut sub-districts of North Halmahera district from 9 to 10 February.


UNICEF and CARDI conducted a joint field visit to monitor distribution of School-in-a-Box and textbooks in Matui and Toguraci villages, South Jailolo sub-district of West Halmahera district.

Under its Engaging Activities for Involving Children and Youth in Building a Save and Respectful Community (ENACT) programme, SC UK conducted Children Participation Workshop in Galela sub-district of North Halmahera district, from 9 to 10 February. Thirty three students from 2 elementary schools participated in the workshop.

From 10 to 11 February, SC UK proceeded with the selection process for child representatives from Kao and Malifut sub-districts who will be sent to National Children Congress in Yogyakarta.

WVI distributed the 6th edition of Harmonis magazine to 6 elementary schools in Galela sub-district from 6 to 12 February.

WVI conducted training on Active Joyful and Effective Learning (AJEL) for teachers in Kao sub-district from 6 to 7 February.

Economic Recovery and Infrastructure

From 2 to 16 February, CARDI conducted a field visit to select community representatives in 37 villages in Jailolo, Sahu, Ibu, South Jailolo and North Oba sub-districts for its Reconstruction of Community Infrastructure programme that is funded by UNOPS/UNDP.


Under its Youth Community Participation, CARDI conducted a workshop on Living Values for 20 Peer Educators from Jailolo, Sahu and Ibu sub-districts in Ternate from 12 to 14 February.

CARDI conducted a field trip for its Youth Community Participation to monitor implementation of the action plan in Jailolo, Sahu and Ibu sub-districts from 10 to 13 February.


Nothing to report



In a recent visit to camps and resettlement of former refugees in Belu district, ICRC delegation was surprised that the security phase V is still being implemented by UN in West Timor. As quoted by Pos Kupang on Monday (9 Feb.), former refugees through ICRC asked UN Security Council to lift or lower the security phase status.

Selected Abbreviations Key

ACF Action Contre la Faim
BAKORNAS PBP National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster and IDPs/Refugees
BRIMOB Police Mobile Brigade
BULOG National Logistics Agency
CWS Church World Service
GAM Free Aceh Movement
GoRI Government of Indonesia
CARDI Consortium for Assistance to Refugees and the Displaced in Indonesia
CoHA Cessation of Hostilities Agreement
CORDAID Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development
HDC Henry Dunant Center
HH House Holds
ICMC International Catholic Migration Commission
IMC International Medical Corps
IDP Internally displaced person
IRD International Relief and Development
JRS Jesuit Refugee Service
JSC Joint Security Committee
KOMNAS HAM National Commission on Human Rights
KOPASSUS Army's Special Force
KOSTRAD Army's Strategic Reserve Command
MSF - B Medecins sans Frontieres Belgium
MCK Combined Bathing, Washing and Latrine Facility
OPM Free Papua Organization
PMI Indonesian Red Cross
Poliandes Field Health Post
Posyandu Integrated health service
Puskesmas Primary health centre
Pustu Primary health unit
SATKORLAK PBP Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster and IDPs/Refugees
SATLAK PBP District Executing Unit for the Management of Disaster and IDPs/Refugees
SC US Save the Children US
TNI Indonesian Armed Forces
WVI World Vision International

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