Turkish Red Crescent West Sumatra earthquake Activity Report No. 1


Summary: On 30 September 2009, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of West Sumatra Province in Indonesia. Approximately more than 1000 people were killed, and thousands are feared trapped under collapsed infrastructure. Thousands more are reported to be displaced, as a result of heavy rains and landslides. Indonesian Red Cross has dispatched mobile kitchens, tents, tarpaulins and local clothing to the disaster affected area.

The situation

On 30 September 2009, at 17:16 pm local time, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of West Sumatra in Indonesia. In the coastal city of Padang, the capital of West Sumatra Province and home to approximately 900.000 people is amongst the hardest hit areas, as there is significant damage to infrastructure, including telecommunications, power lines, roads, bridges and water supply systems. The earthquake was along the same fault-line that spawned the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, and was also felt in North Sumatra, Riau, Aceh, Malaysia and Singapore.

As of 01 October, approximately more than 1.000 people killed and thousands are feared trapped under collapsed buildings. Initial assessments indicate more than 24,800 homes, offices, schools and mosques were damaged, about 10,000 seriously. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the coastal provincial capital of Padang and surrounding highlands. One third of those affected are estimated to be children. Logistics difficulties occurred because of the damaged roads and the people trying to flee from earthquake struck area. Communication with the disaster affected area is still hard and constrains the coordination.

The Government of Indonesia has declared that an emergency response should be prepared for a period of up to two months and allocated 100 billion rupiah (about 10.3 million dollars) initially.

Coordination and partnerships

Indonesian Red Cross HQ and neighbouring chapters of West Sumatra cooperate with Satkorla (Coordination and Implementation Unit for Disaster).

Search and rescue efforts are continuing along with UN and other international members who started to arrive to the area on 01 October.

TRC appointed an ad-hoc representative to the Coordinati=FDn Center operated by PMI