– At 6.46pm Sunday 5 August local time, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Lombok, an island in Indonesia
– The death toll has already exceeded 90, with more deaths expected
– This is the second powerful earthquake in less than a week, with an earthquake on 31 July leaving 17 people dead, 4500 homes and 31 schools destroyed and 50,000 residents affected
– The epicentre was located 18km south-west of East Lombok island, with many aftershocks between 5-5.6 magnitude continuing to rock the island
– Since the first earthquake, many people have been sleeping in open fields, and are now in further desperate need of shelter
– Respiratory illnesses have already been reported, with diseases from contaminated water another concern
– Children may have seen loved ones killed or injured, homes destroyed, cannot attend school, and are terrified of the aftershocks
The Plan International response team have been on the ground when Sunday’s earthquake struck. The team are conducting a needs assessment of the emergency, with child protection the highest priority. Plan International Indonesia immediately enacted a disaster response plan, collaborating with local and national authorities to prepare a wider response.
To support children and families living through the aftermath and ongoing aftershocks, Plan International will:
– Immediately distribute 500 emergency shelter kits, including tarps and blankets, by air to those worst-affected
– Ensure that families are given information and education around water, sanitation and hygiene to prevent disease outbreaks
– Provide children dealing with trauma with rapid access to counselling and support
– Halt additional disruption to children’s lives by supplying back-to-school kits to those whose education has been disrupted
Women and Children in emergencies
When disaster strikes, women and children are often the most vulnerable. In floods, earthquakes and cyclones, they are often left without shelter, food and medical care, which can leave them exposed to water borne diseases. Our work in Emergencies focuses on the most vulnerable, where we can have the most impact.
How You Can Help
Your donation will help us provide fast relief to survivors of the earthquake and support children and their families as they rebuild.
You may also give us a call on 1800 829 829, and we will be happy to help you with your donation.