A rapid assessment focusing on disability inclusion in humanitarian action at Lombok Island of West Nusa Tenggara Province in Indonesia was conducted from the 8th to 11th of August 2018 following the 7.0 Magnitude on the Richter scale earthquake which hit the island on August 5th, 2018 in Lombok. The asessment was conducted by the Disabled People's Organisations of West Nusa Tenggara, Disability Inclusion Service Unit of Central Java Disaster Management Agency (Unit LIDi BPBD Jawa Tengah) and supported by Arbeiter – Samariter - Bund (ASB) Indonesia and the Philippines.
The recent eruptions of Mount Merapi claimed over 300 lives and displaced upwards of 130,000 people. The eruptions also presented particular challenges to those responding. Once again, and as is the norm in Indonesia, the private sector and concerned individuals responded rapidly and on a highly significant scale to the Merapi eruptions. The Indonesian government also responded promptly with the execution of contingency plans and a largely effective early response across the four affected districts. This presented two key challenges to agencies working in response to the eruptions.
Following the 2nd September 2009 West Java earthquake, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) has been working closely with Indonesian government colleagues in Ciamis district. ASB, with support from the UN's Emergency Response Fund has distributed emergency shelter items to 1,000 households. ASB is currently distributing further shelter items, tools, clothing, health and hygiene kits and household items to 850 households with support from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ASB has been operating in Indonesia since 2006 and opened a field office in Ciamis in early 2009.