6.5 Aceh Earthquake Indonesia

Plan International begins assessment in earthquake-affected areas. Urgent needs of children must be addressed in humanitarian response.

9 December 2016


Child rights and humanitarian organisation Plan International has deployed emergency response teams to assess the urgent and immediate needs of children and families affected by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Aceh province in Indonesia on December 7.

According to the government reports, the earthquake has caused more than a hundred deaths and left thousands homeless, seeking temporary protection in displacement camps.

“Working with local partners, Plan International teams are on the ground in the most affected areas to assess the extent of the damage and determine our humanitarian interventions,” said Irsyad Hadi, Communications Officer for Plan International Indonesia currently deployed in the affected areas.

“We will support the government and coordinating bodies to ensure that emergency support is provided to children, and those most affected, as quickly as possible,” he added.

Based on an initial assessment, the local government has identified the immediate need for food and clean water, medical equipment, sanitation and hygiene materials, and temporary shelters.

“Medical care is still limited, leaving families in displacement camps to wait for hours to receive support and care. As families continue to stay in open, shared camps, we need to ensure that children and their families have access to clean water and sanitation in order to prevent the spread of any potential diseases,” said Irsyad.

According to the District Education Office, 37 schools were damaged by the earthquake, leaving thousands of children unable to resume their education. Government has also indicated that all schools in affected areas will remain closed until early January.

“When the earthquake happened, I was preparing to go to school. I immediately ran to my house,” said Naisa, 10, from the Pidie Jaya district.

All of my friends are afraid. They also did not go to school when the earthquake happened. Now my school is closed

“Schools that were the source of security and protection for students have been destroyed, leaving children more vulnerable. Safe places must be provided to children where they can study and play and where their emotional needs are being addressed,” said Irsyad.


Plan International staff in Indonesia are available for interviews.

To arrange, contact:

In Asia (Regional office): Jessica Lomelin, Acting Regional Communications Manager

Email: jessica.lomelin@plan-international.org

Skype: jessicanicole621

In Indonesia: Irsyad Hadi, Communications Officer

Email: Irsyad.Hadi@plan-international.org

Mobile: +62 812 840 2670

Plan International Headquarters (London): Kirsty Cameron, Global Press Officer

Email: Kirsty.Cameron@plan-international.org

Mobile: + 44 (0) 7885807503