Further support for the Philippines after Typhoon Ketsana
Douglas Alexander today increased the UK Government's support to survivors of last week's devastating earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, to £3m.
The International Development Secretary confirmed that the extra funding will be given to agencies on the ground to provide first aid, shelter, drinking water and emergency latrines to families in the Padang area as well as to help protect Indonesia against future disasters.
Following requests from district governments in the Padang area, the Department for International …
Humanitarian experts from DFID are travelling to Indonesia tomorrow, Friday 2 October 2009, to assess the scale of the damage caused by the recent earthquake.
Working closely with the other international relief organisations and the Government, they will help organise the combined relief effort and asses what additional international support is needed.
The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and struck 50km from Padang at 17:36 local time on 30 September 2009. The initial shock and the resultant aftershocks have caused widespread devastation in Western Sumatra.