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Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 99

Situation Report
Originally published
19 - 25 October 2002

The USGS reported continued aftershocks of the earthquake in the province of Papua on Thursday (Oct. 17) and again on Saturday (Oct.19) measuring at 6.3 and 6.0 respectively on the Richter Scale.

IFRC issued an appeal on Friday (Oct.18) to the amount of USD 254,000 to assist 4,000 beneficiaries for two months. On Tuesday (Oct.22) the IFRC dispatched a team, including the Head of Disaster Management Division of the Indonesian Red Cross with 15 tonnes of relief supplies with a contingency to assist an additional 2,000 people.

OCHA released an Emergency Grant of USD 20,000 to the IFRC/PMI operations as a response to the Papua earthquake. The grant is to be used for air transportation of relief items.

On Friday (Oct. 25), the National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported an earthquake in Aceh, 109km west of Banda Aceh, measuring at 5.6 on the Richter Scale. The depth was reported at 65 km, with the epicenter 5.78 north and 94.48 east.

2. ACEH (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam)

General Situation

At least 27 people - 17 civilians, 5 TNI soldiers and 5 alleged GAM members, were killed in the province during the week, according to news media.

The Director of Henry Dunant Centre (HDC) Mr. Martin Griffiths visited Banda Aceh this week and met with representatives of GoRI, GAM, local community leaders and civil society.

The Vice Governor of Aceh announced that families with members killed during the conflict may get compensation of Rp. 500.000/month for a period of over 100 months.

Serambi, a local newspaper, reported that the Head of Commission I of the Indonesian Parliament, Ibrahim Ambong visited Banda Aceh this week to assess the progress of the Special Autonomy Law. The Special Autonomy Law was introduced in Aceh one year ago.

Two bombs exploded on Monday (21 Oct.) in Darussalam sub-district of Banda Aceh. One school was damaged.


SC-US began their Training of Trainers (TOT) in Lhoknga sub-district of Aceh Besar District on Monday (21 Oct.) for 60 staff members of Puskesmas and Posyandu of the impacted areas. The training is set to take place until November 22.

WHO has established its office at the UN Resource Centre, headed by Dr. Farhad Latifi. WHO will provide technical assistance to local health authorities in collaboration with local & international NGOs. The WHO projects will initially support Community Based Mental Health Services, and through an activity called "Health Workers and Conflict". WHO will also implement projects to support Outbreak Surveillance and Response and projects in Reproductive Health.


UNICEF visited schools (MIS Darul Umum and MIN-I Banda Aceh) to observe and produce a video documentary for peace education in SMU (Senior High School).

Economic Recovery and Infrastructure

ICMC traveled to Pidie East Aceh on Oct 22-24 to assess their activities with local partners.


This week a team from CARDI visited the targeted income generating site in Aceh Besar with District Local Partner Panglima Laot to discuss the possibility of government infrastructure intervention due to progressive sea erosion.

On Wednesday (Oct. 23) a team from CARDI conducted a second phase Monitoring and Evaluation workshop for Local Partners Panglima Laot, Muhammadyah and Sue Support Group (SSG).


On Tuesday (Oct. 22) CARDI local partners Paska and Birata finished 75% of distributions in targeted sites receiving income generating fishing, agricultural and farming support throughout Pidie, Biuren and Aceh Utara Districts


Peace Brigade International (PBI) organized an internal workshop in Berestagi-Tanah Karo district of North Sumatra for their staff to discuss work and activities of PBI.


General situation

Local newspapers reported that the police are linking the bombing of the Philippine Consulate in Manado on 12 Oct. to the Poso conflict. A series of bomb threats and false bombs have kept Palu citizens on alert this week. The bomb squad has been called out several times. No real bombs have been found.

According to Radar Sulteng, a local newspaper, Central Sulawesi Chief of Police, denied the existence of terrorist training camps in Poso District.

Radar Sulteng reported that two persons were arrested in Ampana on Friday (Oct.18) for the destruction of 21 houses in Balaang Village in Bunta, Banggai.


OXFAM GB began an assessment of the humanitarian situation in Central Sulawesi on Thursday (24 Oct.) for a possible restart of programs in Central Sulawesi.


An IMC mobile clinic team arrived in Tentena on Wednesday (Oct. 23). The team will be based in Tentena full time.

Food Security

CWS Tentena distributed Food Aid in Poso Kota and South Pamona between October 15 -18. CWS Palu began distributing food aid in Parigi and Lore Utara on Wednesday (Oct. 22).

Sub District
Food Aid Commodity
Vegetable Oil
Red Beans
Beneficiary (person)
Distributed (Kg)
Beneficiaries (household/tin)
Distributed (Liter)
Beneficiaries (person)
Distributed (Kg)
Poso Kota Ranononcu, Lembomawo, Kawua
Kelei, Didiri, Taripa, Kamba.
Lage Toyado, Tongko, Labuan, Majulea, Malei

Shelter and Non-Food

CWS, funded by OFDA, distributed shelter materials to 336 households in Lage, Pamona, and Mori Atas between October 15 -18.


CWS and CARE signed an agreement to coordinate the distribution of food aid in the area.


General situation:

On Friday (Oct.18), a bomb was found in the premises of Batu Meja Market in Jl Ahmad Yani, 20m away from the Vice Governor's residence in Ambon City.

The Jakarta Post reported that on Monday (Oct. 21), the National Police spokesman, Inspector General Saleh Saaf announced 13 suspected perpetrators of riots and violence in Maluku were arrested for associations in bomb attacks and killings in villages across Ambon and other parts of Maluku. The police concluded violence in Ambon was also incited by a terror group.

According to a local press Koran Info, approximately 1,000 Laskar Jihad personnel departed from Ambon City on Tuesday (Oct. 22).

Population movement

On Thursday (Oct.24), as reported by local press Ambon Ekspress, 398 people (94 families) from a total of 5,108 people of Buru District currently living in Ambon returned to their home villages in Waiputi, Waikoasa, Wainibe, and Waiula. The return was facilitated and supported by Ambon Municipality Social Department in coordination with the Buru district authorities. The authorities were reported to have provided hundreds of houses for the returnees but also made available 14 tents as temporary accommodation.


SC UK conducted a two-day assessment (Oct. 22-23) in Rimba Raya, Larier, Barito, Pemda and BTN Waitatiri IDP Camps in Passo Area, Ambon Island. SC UK plan to implement projects aimed at supporting children in IDP Camps and IDP return sites. The project will focus on raising awareness and building the capacity of the community and volunteers to facilitate recreational and educational activities for children.

CARDI conducted a two-day assessment (Oct. 24-25) in Leihitu, Salahutu, Sirimau, and Baguala Sub-districts in Ambon Island for their community rehabilitation programme.

MSF B sent a team to West Seram Island from (Oct 25-29) to conduct an assessment for their water and sanitation projects as well as medical assessment responding to reports of a diarrhoea outbreak in the area.

WFP conducted an assessment in Seram Island (Oct. 19-23) for food security projects.


MSF B conducted 489 consultations through their mobile clinic programme for IDPs in Ambon Island throughout the week. Together with an IMC doctor, MSF B outreach team went to Manipa Island in Central Maluku District to respond to reports of a diarrhoea outbreak in the area.

IMC, together with staff from Provincial Health Department, returned on Sunday (Oct. 20) from an eight-day visit to remote areas in East Seram Island conducting activities for National Immunisation Day, treating 216 patients. Together with the team from MSF B, IMC went to Manipa Island in Central Maluku District (Oct. 21-23) to respond to a diarrhoea outbreak reported early October. Throughout the week, IMC doctors working in Buru and Seram Island conducted 2,073 consultations.


Mercy Corps distributed school equipment (desks, chairs, books, maps) on Wednesday (Oct. 23) that would benefit 256 students in Telaga Piru, Seram Island.

CARDI visited IDP Camps in Wayame, Passo and Halong Areas in Ambon Island on Monday (Oct.21) to hold meetings with community youths for their participation in CARDI education projects.

Economic Recovery and Infrastructure

Mercy Corps distributed seeds and tools for 23 displaced families in Gunung Nona, Ambon Island on Wednesday (23 Oct.). They also conducted capacity building training for 30 local NGOs in Ambon Town (Oct. 22 -25) that would help them to establish the Micro-finance Association for Maluku.


UNDP Community Recovery Program Manager for Maluku arrived in Ambon Tuesday (Oct. 22) to establish operations.

UNFPA in collaboration with BKKBN (Department of National Family Planning) has started program activities in the province this week.

WFP is opening an operation field unit in Ambon City this week.


General Situation

Acting-Governor, S.H. Sarundajang, informed OCHA that the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD) will proceed with gubernatorial elections on Monday (Oct.28). Three teams will be contesting the positions but with two teams having the same nomination for Governor it is likely that if there is no clear winner after the first ballot the elections may be abandoned.

On Saturday (Oct.19) a clash occurred between the two villages of Rum and Mareko in Tidore Island, resulting in at least 4 injured. On Thursday (Oct. 24) an incident between Sofifi and Dowera villages was reported, also in Central Halmahera District. Both incidents reported to be related to the Bupati elections in Central Halmahera District.

Population Movement

154 people from 35 families from Pangeo and Sofi in North Morotai arrived by boat in Tobelo on Monday (Oct.21). The people claimed that they left their villages because of security concerns. This brings the total number of people who have left North Morotai since the attacks on the villages of Korago, Lusuo and Pangeo on 15 Oct. to 833 people.

Food Security and Agriculture

The North Maluku Agriculture Department has completed a report that warns of possible food shortages in the district in the coming months. The long drought and lack of assistance to farmers since the conflict began three years ago are two reasons being cited for the problem.


Malaria training for Puskesmas health staff in North Maluku was conducted in Ternate with WHO assistance from 21-25 October.

IMC continued their health services and mobile clinics in Kao, Malifut, Tobelo, Galela, Daruba, Bere-Bere and Posi-Posi Rao Island and treated over 930 patients. In Galela, IMC distributed 9 TBA kits in Ngidiho and Lolonga and carried out an IEC campaign on malaria and pneumonia in Soakonora. In Daruba IMC assisted the NID in Polowo, Trans, Dehegila, and Aha. IMC also continued their UNDP funded rehabilitation program of the pustu in Dokulamo and the polindes in Lalonga, Galela sub-district.

Shelter and Non- Food Items

WVI monitored beneficiaries Roofing Kit in Galela, Tobelo, South Jailolo, South Morotai, North Morotai, South West Morotai sub-districts, implemented PLA and formed Self Help Group for their roofing program in Tutumaloleo village, Galela sub-district. WVI also distributed materials for roofing in Akelaha, Dodinga, and Tewe villages of South Jailolo sub-district, in Pilowo and Sambiki village South Morotai sub-district, and Wewemo village in North Morotai sub-district.

Cordaid signed a MoU with their local NGO partner BINTIM, for reconstruction activities in Galao Village, Jailolo. Cordaid will be responsible for the provision of the materials.


WVI distributed wall paint and roll-brushes to Seki elementary schools in Galela and distributed material for their ' Happy House' projects in Tobelo sub-district.

WVI prepared the Playback Theatre Shows of Tobelo, Galela, Kao Groups, and socialized the Playback Theatre Show in Malifut sub-districts. They also had a meeting with local NGO, Yayasan ARTI, and arranged Creative Skill Contest for mothers in Malifut sub-district.

Economic Recovery and Infrastructure

WVI monitored their Community Rehabilitation Project (CRP) in Tobelo, Kao, Malifut and Galela and socialisation of the implementation of their Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) in their CRP II projects in Galela, Kao, Malifut and Tobelo sub-districts.


AcF reports that a Government team comprising officials from the Ministry of Health, National Intelligence Bureau and National Police are currently carrying out monitoring of their activities in North Maluku.


General Situation

UNHCR Dili reported that the President of East Timor, Mr. Xanana Gusmao is to visit West Timor from 1- 4 November 2002 during which he is scheduled to meet with the representatives of the Indonesian Government, Parliament members, Military, Catholic religious leaders and East Timorese refugees in Kupang, North Central Timor and Belu.

Refugees in Belu established a Presidium of East Timorese refugees on Friday (Oct. 18) to have a better medium to voice out their concerns of the current refugees' situation to the District Government of Belu.

Some 30 refugees from camps in Kupang came to the District Head's office in Kupang on Saturday (Oct. 19) to demand the promised empowerment fund. The refugees received explanation from District government official that the empowerment fund can only be operational after the refugee status is revoked at the end of the year.

Population Movement

According to IOM Kupang, 18 East Timorese refugees repatriated to East Timor between 18 - 24 October.

Oxfam GB conducted a meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 23) attended by local and international organizations operating in West Timor and representatives of UN agencies in Kupang on informed decisions and durable solutions for the refugee population in West Timor. The meeting agreed to have a small working group of NGOs (JRS, CIS, Oxfam, MSF-H and CWS) that would meet this Friday (Oct. 25) in Betun, Belu to carry out an information gap analysis.


District Health offices in West Timor are conducting a rapid assessment of refugee camps throughout West Timor.



OCHA conducted a mission to Bali (Oct 18-23) to investigate the capacity of local authorities to gather general information on the emergency situation and establish an information-gathering network. Initial coordination was sporadic with the government and voluntary organisations such as the Rotary Club and the Yayasan Bali Hati acting individually. In order to ensure better coordination, PMI with support from ICRC/IFRC and the Australian Red Cross will provide technical assistance to the Satkorlak PBP of Bali.

AusAID in collaboration with IMC, and Dinas Kesehatan and Sanglah General Hospital have started work on establishing an inventory of medicines brought in to overcome the crisis in Bali. AusAID have established a temporary office to coordinate international assistance, in particular aid from Australian sources.

The International Committee for Red Cross Society with PMI was tasked through the Vice Governor of Bali to lead the coordination of the Missing Persons/ Tracing and Messaging Service. The operation began this week.

The Australian Red Cross began operations on psycho-social support on Sunday (Oct.20) to the victims, victims' families and volunteers of the Bali bomb.

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
CARDI Consortium for Assistance to Refugees and the Displaced in Indonesia
CORDAID Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development
ICMC International Catholic Migration Commission
IMC International Medical Corps
IDP Internally displaced person
IRD International Relief and Development
JRS Jesuit Refugee Service
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 Organisation
PMI Indonesian Red Cross
Polindes 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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