In the afternoon of Sunday the 5 August 2018, the district of North Lombok and East Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, was hit by a 7 Richter scale magnitude earthquake at 6: 46 pm Indonesia local time. The epicenter of the earthquake is 18 km Northwest of East Lombok. The earthquake had the potential to cause a tsunami, and a Tsunami alert was sounded but later the warming was removed as the risk was reduced.
Aftershocks are still going on. As of 4:00 am Indonesian local time, August 6 2018, there were 116 aftershocks with smaller intensities. The Provincial Disaster Management Agency has reported that 82 people died. This number may increase because they are still carrying out rescue and data collection. This earthquake worsened damage in areas previously affected by the earthquake on 29 July 2018.
The earthquake has put the district in a state of crisis. The earthquake affected persons find themselves in a desperate situation, with many unmet vital humanitarian needs such as access to:
• safe drinking water as well as sanitation and hygiene infrastructure
• safe shelter and basic non-food items, i.e. tarpaulins, mattress, blanket, tents and Hygiene kits
• mobile health services,
• protection services and adequate nutrition
The direct situation is further compounded for the earthquake affected people with vulnerabilities more specifically for woman and girls, children under five, elderly and people with disabilities. There is a pressing necessity to provide immediate assistance to minimize loss of life and to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are covered first.
The following national entities are present and doing their best to respond to the crisis:
• National Government: The Provincial and District Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) is helping to evacuate people affected by the disaster and also engaged in data collection.
• Military: The Indonesian Military is engaged in search and rescue operations.
• Civil Society: National NGOs are also helping to evacuate people and provide health service and distribution of Non-food items.
The emergency response is currently being coordinated by Provincial Disaster Management Agency. To ensure that the humanitarian response is well coordinated and complementary, YEU and Pelkesi will take part in meetings with all relevant sector stakeholders (cluster) and establish an open line of communication with crisis affected persons and communities to ensure a humanitarian response based on participation and feedback.
YEU and Pelkesi, which been conducting joint-response as members of the church network, namely Jakomkris TBI, have Emergency Response Plan, i.e.
1. Clean water distribution
2. Provide health service
3. Distribution of tarpaulins, mattresses, and blanket
Furthermore, YEU will engage in advocacy on the national and international level to ensure that the voices of those affected by the earthquake are amplified.
Networking and coordination
1. Humanitarian Forum Indonesia
2. Plan International Indonesia Foundation
3. JAKOMKRIS TBI-PGI
4. Mercy Relief
BNI a.n YAKKUM Emergency Unit
No rek. 0376498166
Swift code BNINIDJAXXX
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