UNICEF Indonesia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 3 (1 – 11 November 2018)

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 11 Nov 2018

Highlights

  • The WASH Sector, with UNICEF support, provided 110.000 people with access to safe drinking water.

  • In response to the high rate of diarrhoeal cases in Sulawesi, UNICEF coordinated a meeting with the Provincial Health Office to advance on the response strategy.

  • 31 health care workers attended Training of Trainers workshops on Integrated Management of New-born and Childhood Illnesses.

  • 300 pregnant and lactating women have received counselling on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices and 56 health care workers were trained in providing IYCF counselling.

  • 5,738 children have received psycho-social support at child friendly spaces.

  • A Child Protection Rapid Assessment has commenced in Lombok.

  • UNICEF supported close to 23.000 children to resume their education through provision of temporary learning spaces.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

On 28 September, a series of earthquakes struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province. The strongest earthquake (7.4M) triggered a tsunami which struck Palu and Donggala districts, resulting in significant damage and loss of life. Instances of liquefaction and landslides also ocurred. Thousands of families have lost their homes, access to services and sought refuge in safer areas.

An estimated 1.5 million people were affected including 5,000 children. Over 211,000 people are currently living in IDP camps with many more residing in spontaneous and informal settlements.Initial estimates suggest around 80,000 people from Palu have left the affected areas.

Needs assessments identified clean water, sanitation and hygiene, health and nutrition, recovery of infrastructure and public services, shelter, protection, food, education, logistics and economic recovery as priority needs. Many IDP sites have inadequate shelter, limited access to latrines and water and insufficient lightning, causing protection concerns. Sanitary conditions have significantly deteriorated since the onset of the disaster, with diarrhoea and skin infections on the rise, and increased risk of communicable diseases and malaria.