Update: Indonesia Earthquake - West Sumatra
World Vision response
World Vision distributed tarpaulins and water filters for people in Sipora displaced by the tsunami. Staff from the World Vision Indonesia’s emergency response team distributed the relief items while conducting a rapid needs assessment on the island.
A ship carrying the World Vision assessment team, a medical team from local aid organisation, Yos Sudarso, Caritas and other humanitarian organisations was the first ship to bring aid to Sipora on Mentawai Island.
On the island of Mentawai, West Sumatra, at least 112 people have died and more than 500 are missing after a 7.7 earthquake struck Monday at 9:42 p.m. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a 2-metre-high tsunami hit Sikakap sub district and a 5-metre-high tsunami hit Pagai Selatan.
Some villages were isolated due to heavy rain. The most affected area is in Betu Monga, Pagai Utara sub district with the highest number of death toll and missing people.
The tsunami flooded the local market and damaged food stock, which will impact peoples’ access to food in the coming months.
World Vision Indonesia’s rapid response emergency team deployed immediately to the site of the disaster to assess the affected villages on Mentawai Island. World Vision pre-positioned emergency supplies such as family kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, clothing, blankets), baby kits (soap, nappies), tarpaulins and collapsible water containers, ready for distribution.
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