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Emergency Response Team and supplies to West Java earthquake

Source: Oxfam
Date: 03 Sept 2009

eq-indo-0909An Oxfam Emergency Response Team is in place in Indonesia to provide assistance following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Java yesterday.

Oxfam’s Indonesia Humanitarian Programme Manager Sébastien Fesneau said Oxfam’s partners are in the field helping to assess the damage caused by the earthquake, and what assistance is required.

“Oxfam has a very experienced emergency response team (ERT) in Indonesia that has responded to more than 30 emergencies since it was set up in 2006, in the wake of the 2004 tsunami,” Mr Fesneau said.

 “We are immediately providing emergency shelter supplies for 1,000 families who have been worst hit by the earthquake, and we have more emergency supplies ready to be deployed quickly if needed.”

At the same time, Oxfam and partners BMP-Jakarta and SPP-Tasikmalaya are assessing what people need in terms of other essentials such as water, sanitation and food.

“We are also working closely with the Government and other agencies to ensure that the immediate needs of the most vulnerable groups, in particular those of women and children, will be addressed, in accordance with humanitarian principles and standards and in a way which enables the speediest return to their normal way of life” Mr Fesneau said.

Early reports are that more than forty six people have been killed in the quake, with more than 400 injured and thousands of homes damaged. The most affected areas are in Tasikmalaya and Garut districts.

International aid agency Oxfam has worked in Indonesia for more than 50 years, and has been involved in emergency responses in the country for more than 10 years.

  1. 2 Responses to “Emergency Response Team and supplies to West Java earthquake”

  2. By Lynn Walston on Oct 5, 2009

    Please let me know how I may donate by credit card to the earthquake effort in Indonesia. Also, do I list Hong Kong dollars on the form, or US dollars?

  3. By dowp on Oct 6, 2009

    Dear Lynn,
    You can make donation online at this link https://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/asia-pacific-disasters/index.php You can select Hong Kong dollars from the drop down list.

    Thank you very much for your support.

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