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5.6 magnitude earthquake kills greater than 260 folks in Indonesia; ADRA is getting ready to treatment the state of affairs

November 25, 2022 | Edward Rodriguez | Asia-South Pacific Division

More than 260 people were killed and 58,362 others displaced by a magnitude 5.6 tremor that shook the quake-prone nation of Indonesia on Monday. According to local authorities, the earthquake’s epicenter was about 75 kilometers southeast of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, near the city of Cianjur in West Java. The earthquake, which struck at a shallow depth of 10km, is still being investigated by authorities to determine the extent of its devastation. More than 25 (twenty-five) aftershocks were detected by the Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG) or Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia. Local authorities say a fault line north of Cimandiri, which has yet to be documented, caused the shallow quake.

According to an immediate assessment of the situation by ADRA Indonesia, the death toll is rising as search and rescue operations begin. The cities in West Java province with the highest number of fatalities are located in Cilau, Cianjur and Cugenang subdistricts. Indonesia is a country on the Pacific Ring of Fire where many earthquakes and volcanoes often result from the collision of multiple crustal plates.

Since the aftershock, people are still reluctant to stay in their damaged homes. Many places suffered landslides, partially cutting off access to Cianjur. The number of badly, moderately and slightly damaged houses is still being checked by the local authorities. Several government buildings, places of worship and schools were damaged by this natural disaster. Due to the disruption in power and communications links, communications efforts are currently difficult and inaccessible.

Government officials have already set up community tents and open kitchens for displaced families in areas around the city. The affected subdistricts have yet to form evacuation sites for the displaced families. Some families chose to use tarps to build makeshift tents in public areas or near their damaged homes.

ADRA collected data from local churches, NGOs, government-run WhatsApp groups and online meetings, including with the logistics group run by the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, officially the National Disaster Management Agency. ADRA staff from Jakarta have been dispatched to review the situation and identify the most affected and vulnerable households. ADRA Indonesia is preparing to distribute emergency shelters as a first response to affected districts.

“ADRA is already on the ground, working with local government, other trusted partners and churches to quickly assess the situation. ADRA emergency response teams are deployed to the hardest-hit areas to identify and provide support to vulnerable families and individuals. Our country office will begin distributing shelters so community members can build or improve shelters near their homes. ADRA also plans to launch a safety education campaign to educate families about the risks of aftershocks and landslides,” said Elizabeth Tomenko, director of emergency programs at ADRA International.

The villages of Rancagoong in Cilau sub-district, Limbagansari in Cianjur sub-district and Cijedil in Cugenang sub-district have been hit hardest. Because of this severe aftershock, people are reluctant to stay in their damaged homes.

More tents, heavy machinery to clear the road from landslides, generators for electricity, bedding kits, shelter and fuel are currently being requested from the Cianjur local government. ADRA Indonesia is preparing to provide kits to help affected households build or improve the emergency tents they currently have near their homes. Assessments show that displaced families are in urgent need of family tent shelter kits, tents, bedding, public kitchens, generators, sanitation facilities and doctors.

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