09 DEC 2016
Almost 100 dead after Indonesia earthquake, Oxfam responding
Oxfam is mounting a response to the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the northern end of the Indonesian island of Sumatra near Banda Aceh on 7 December morning. Oxfam is responding with local partners in Aceh.
Almost 100 people have been killed and more than 500 injured, according to local military officials. Many of the people killed were asleep at the time of the earthquake which has also destroyed up to 200 buildings.
Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said ongoing search and rescue attempts yesterday evening were hampered by nightfall and poor weather conditions. She added, ‘Oxfam’s local partners in Aceh have been carrying out emergency assessments; with aftershocks continuing on and reports of serious damage to some buildings and infrastructure, there is not a moment to waste.’ Oxfam’s priority now is to get an expert assessment of the earthquake’s impact in order to offer aid in the most appropriate and effective way to those people who are affected the most.
Oxfam is going to distribute hygiene kits and tarpaulins, and have emergency response experts on stand-by to travel to the worst-affected areas if needed. We are also coordinating with local authorities so that our actions are complementary to those of government agencies.
Oxfam has been working with local and national partners in Indonesia since 1957 and responded to the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, which was caused by a massive 9.1 magnitude earthquake off Aceh and devastated the provincial capital Banda Aceh.
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