07 March, 2007

Government Issues Directive On International Assistance in Western Sumatra Quake Response

An UNDAC Team has been stood down on 7 March as per a directive issued to them along with other NGOs and aid agencies such as Mercy Malaysia, stating that the disaster relief operation will be handled internally and there was no need for their services at the time, unless the situation were the escalate in the upcoming days. However, the UN Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator Office in Jakarta continues monitoring the situation and maintains contact with government and non-government institutions and the Indonesian Red Cross.

The Netherlands: Pledged EUR 1,500,000 (USD 2 million). Dutch assistance would include equipment, medicine, medical care and logistical support distributed via the Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). USAID has provided USD 50,000 for the emergency relief effort while other donors have indicated their intention to provide assistance, including CIDA, ECHO and the government of Spain.

Medicines du Monde (MdM) have deployed a team to Solok area (2 doctors, 3 nurses, and 2 logisticians), and has dispatched 2 tonnes of medical kits. Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has mobilized and now deployed 2 watsan (Water & Sanitation) specialists, 2 logisticians, 1 nutritionist and 1.5 tonnes of watsan equipments.

MSF (Doctors Without Boarders) in Belgium are sending in one nurse, and medical supplies, food and non-food items while in the Solok and Tanah Datar District, Tzu Chi have provided food and non-food items. UNICEF will be delivering 30 school tents, 20 water bladders, 500 hygiene kits, 50 cooking sets, 4 boxes of water purification tablets, 500 jerry can, 50 bottles of Air Rahmat (water purification liquid) from its warehouse in Medan to Solok District.

Monitoring the health situation in close cooperation with MoH, the WHO have emergency trauma kits and health experts placed on stand-by and the UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) stands ready to make an emergency cash grant available to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jakarta.

Source: Via SMS from aid personnel who have deployed to affected areas, OCHA & other NGO field situational reports.


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