Emergency Relief for Cianjur Earthquake Survivors

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale, a shallow depth of 10 km, hit Cianjur Regency, in West Java province on Monday, 21 November 2022, at 01.21 pm local time. More than 260 people were killed, 151 people in search, 1083 were injured, 58.362 people were displaced and 22.198 damaged houses.

The earthquake’s epicenter was situated around 75 kilometers southeast of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, close to Cianjur town in West Java. More than 25 aftershocks were detected by Indonesia’s Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG), or Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency. Local authorities claim that a fault line in the north Cimandiri fault line that has not yet been documented caused this shallow earthquake.

The death toll is increasing moment by moment as search and rescue activities get underway. The West Javan towns with the highest reported death rates were located in the Cilau, Cianjur, and Cugenang subdistricts. Indonesia is a country that lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, where numerous earthquakes and volcanoes frequently result from the collision of several plates of the Earth’s crust.

Since the aftershock, people are still reluctant to stay in their damaged homes. Numerous locations experience landslides, cutting off partial access to Cianjur. Several government buildings, places of worship, and schools suffered damage due to this natural calamity. Communication efforts are currently difficult and inaccessible due to the downed electricity and communication connections.

In the areas surrounding the city, government officials have already established communal tents and open kitchens for displaced families. Sub districts that are affected are yet to form evacuation sites for displaced families. Some affected families opted to build make-shift tents in public areas or close to their damaged homes using tarpaulin.

Data was gathered by ADRA from local churches, NGOs, WhatsApp groups run by the government, and online meetings, including ones with the logistic cluster headed by the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana; officially National Disaster Management Agency. ADRA personnel from Jakarta were dispatched to examine the situation and identify greatly impacted households that are most at risk.

Assessments show that displaced families immediately need shelter kits for family tents, tents, bedding kits, public kitchens, genset, health facilities, and physicians. ADRA readies to distribute shelter kits as an initial response to the most affected households.

With your help, you can lighten the burdens of the affected people by donating through ADRA Indonesia Bank Account:

BNI (Bank Negara Indonesia) 772753400, Swift Code: BNINIDJA – ADRA Indonesia Foundation

Paypal account: finance@adraindonesia.org

Include the number 7 at the end of the nominal, for example, IDR500,007.

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