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26 May 2006

WEST SUMATRA 7.630 September 2009



Sumatra Earthquake 2009









2009 Sumatra Earthquakes

About 5:00 pm on September 30th, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck just offshore of the town of Padang in Sumatra, Indonesia. The quake toppled buildings and started many landslides, smashing homes and swallowing up entire villages. The following day, As rescue workers arrived and residents tried their best to dig out and help the survivors, another unrelated quake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck less than 1,000 km south of the original epicenter. Each of the two quakes had at least one aftershock greater than 5.0 as well. Over 1,000 people are known to have died, an additional 3,000 still missing. Today, October 5th, officials called off the search for survivors in Padang, and are focusing now on caring for the living and coordinating with international relief agencies. (40 photos total)


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Strong Indonesia quake kills hundreds, traps more

PADANG, OCT 01 - A powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia trapped thousands of people under collapsed buildings — including hospitals, a hotel and a classroom, officials said. At least 200 bodies were found in one coastal city and the toll was expected to be far higher.

The temblor Wednesday started fires, severed roads and cut off power and communications to Padang, a coastal city of 900,000 on Sumatra island. Thousands fled in panic, fearing a tsunami. It was felt hundreds of miles (kilometers) away in Malaysia and Singapore, causing buildings there to sway

The undersea quake of 7.6 magnitude was followed by a powerful, shallow inland earthquake on Thursday morning with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It hit about 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Padang at a depth of just under 20 miles (24 kilometers).

Shallow, inland earthquakes generally are more destructive. There were reports that the second quake badly damaged dozens of additional buildings

In Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province, the shaking was so intense from Wednesday's temblor that people crouched or sat on the street to avoid falling. Children screamed as an exodus of thousands of frantic residents fled the coast in cars and motorbikes, honking horns.

At least 500 buildings in Padang collapsed or were badly damaged, said Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono, adding that 200 bodies had been pulled from the rubble there. The extent of damage in surrounding areas was still unclear due to poor communications. Indonesia, a poor, sprawling nation with limited resources, was cobbling together an emergency aid response, and the government was preparing for the possibility of thousands of deaths.

Padang's mayor appealed for assistance on Indonesian radio station el-Shinta.

"We are overwhelmed with victims and ... lack of clean water, electricity and telecommunications," Mayor Fauzi Bahar said. "We really need help. We call on people to come to Padang to evacuate bodies and help the injured."

Hundreds of people were trapped under collapsed buildings in Padang alone, including a four-star hotel, he said. Other collapsed or seriously damaged buildings included hospitals, mosques, a school and a mall.

"I was studying math with my friends when suddenly a powerful earthquake destroyed everything around me," an unidentified boy told the TVOne broadcaster. He escaped out of the top floor just as the three-story structure, used for after-school classes, crumpled.

TVOne footage showed heavy equipment breaking through layers of cement in search of more than 30 children it said were missing and feared dead.

Thousands were believed trapped throughout the province, said Rustam Pakaya, head of the Health Ministry's crisis center.

Search and rescue teams were working in heavy rain when the second strong quake struck, causing widespread panic and badly damaging 30 houses in Jambi, another Sumatran town. It was not yet clear if there were injuries, said Jambi Mayor Hasfiah, who uses only one name, like many Indonesians. Frantic parents were seen rushing to local schools in search of their children.

"This is a high-scale disaster," Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari told Metro TV, referring to the Wednesday quake.

The first quake struck just off the coast of Padang, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It occurred a day after a killer tsunami hit islands in the South Pacific and was along the same fault line that spawned the 2004 Asian tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen nations.

A tsunami warning was issued Wednesday for countries along the Indian Ocean, but was lifted after about an hour; there were no reports of giant waves.

The shaking in Padang felled trees and crushed cars. A foot could be seen sticking out from one pile of rubble. At daybreak, residents used their bare hands to search for survivors, pulling at the wreckage and tossing it away piece by piece.

"People ran to high ground," said Kasmiati, who lives on the coast near the quake's epicenter. "I was outside, so I am safe, but my children at home were injured," she said before her cell phone went dead.

The loss of telephone service deepened the worries of those outside the stricken area.

"I want to know what happened to my sister and her husband," said Fitra Jaya, who owns a house in downtown Padang and was in Jakarta when the quake hit. "I tried to call my family there, but I could not reach anyone at all."

Hospitals struggled to treat the injured as their relatives hovered nearby.

Indonesia's government announced $10 million in emergency response aid and medical teams and military planes were being dispatched to set up field hospitals and distribute tents, medicine and food rations.

Local television reported more than two dozen landslides in the province. Some blocked roads, causing miles-long traffic jams of cars and trucks.


Scores of thousands of Indonesian quake victims receive UN aid

27 October 2009 – United Nations agencies continue to aid scores of thousands of Indonesians after last month’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake ravaged parts of western Sumatra island, leaving nearly 200,000 households in need of emergency shelter and other assistance.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP), targeting children under five as well as pregnant or lactating mothers and primary school children, has aided more than 68,000 people, distributing distributed 25 metric tons of biscuits between 21 and 25 October, for a total of 178 metric tons of biscuits and noodles since the disaster struck.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is currently assisting some 30,000 women and girls of reproductive age in the worst affected areas, including over 1,650 pregnant women.

Early food and nutrition assessments reveal approximately 38,000 households, or 190,000 people, in the most affected areas are experiencing temporary shortages of staple foods such as rice, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

The Government estimates that rehabilitation and reconstruction will cost $745 million after the quake and aftershocks on 30 September triggered landslides, wiping out entire villages, killing an estimated 1,117 people, injuring 1,214 others and affecting is 1.2 million.

Funding for emergency water trucking is urgently needed for the next two months. Only 20 percent Padang City's population is connected to the water network, and an estimated 650,000 people rely on trucking or bottled water for daily supplies.

The West Sumatra Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on 9 October in partnership with the Government, is seeking $38.1 million for emergency needs to be addressed within 90 days. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has already allocated nearly $7. Additional donor contributions for several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been reported, raising the funding total to nearly $12 million.


Departemen Social RI - Ministry of Social Affairs

Proses Pemulihan dan Rehabilitasi di Kab. Padang Pariaman

TRC membantu Proses Rehabilitasi Korban Pasca Gempa di 3 (Tiga) Desa Kabupaten Padang Pariaman (70% bantuan baru diterima masyarakat setempat)

Kabupaten Padang Pariaman merupakan daerah yang paling besar mengalami dampak kerusakan akibat gempa bumi berkekuatan 7,6 SR pada Rabu (30/9), kondisi ini dapat dilihat sepanjang jalan masih banyak warga masyarakat yang tidur ditenda-tenda pengungsian, rumah yang rusak, tidak layak huni dan masih trauma terhadap kemungkinan terjadinya gempa susulan merupakan alasan mereka enggan balik ketempat tinggalnya



Humas Ditjen Yanrehsos , bersama Ketua Yayasan Emong Lansia Ibu Eva Sabdono, dan Regional Project Manager Wilayah
Asia Pasific HelpAge International, Mr. Quyen Tran didampingi, Tim Reaksi Cepat (TRC) Departemen Sosial RI meninjau kondisi tiga desa di Kecamatan Kampung Ladang Kabupaten Padang Pariaman (10/10) yakni Desa Guguk Ular yang dihuni 436 KK, Desa Paguh Dalam 350 KK, dan Desa Paguh Dukuh 451 KK.

Kondisi ketiga desa tersebut yang jaraknya 5 KM dari Posko TRC, 99 % mengalami kerusakan bangunan, bantuan yang mereka dapatkan masih sangat kurang, bahkan ada desa yang belum sama sekali mendapatkan bantuan.

Mereka baru mendapatkan bantuan berupa sembako (beras) sebanyak 2 kg dan Mie Instant 3 bungkus/ KK, 20 tenda dan 20 selimut, hal ini masih dirasakan sangat kurang oleh para korban bencana, bahkan mereka menyayangkan penyaluran sembako tidak merata, Budi (35thn) warga Paguh Dalam mengatakan penumpukan sembako di Kantor Bupati Padang Pariaman masih banyak dan belum disalurkan sementara warga sangat membutuhkan. Bantuan yang mereka peroleh merupakan perjuangan besar dari seorang Pekerja Sosial Masyarakat (PSM) bernama Aida (45 thn) yang telah mengabdi sejak tahun 1991.

Desa Guguk Ular Kec. Kampung Ladang dihuni 99 Lanjut usia, dan 172 anak dibawah lima tahun, perekonomian mereka rata-rata sebagai pembuat sapu lidi, batu bata dan petani. Nuriyah (75 thn) dari Desa Guguk Ular, yang rumahnya ikut rata dengan tanah sampai saat ini belum mendapatkan bantuan berupa selimut dan tenda, Mariyani (72 thn) seorang lansia yang mengalami kelumpuhan harus menghidupi 5 (lima) orang cucu kondisinya sangat memprihatinkan, sementara ini tinggal didepan rumah tanpa tenda, bahkan seminggu setelah gempa terjadi seorang ibu melahirkan dikandang sapi karena kondisi rumahnya tidak dapat ditempati lagi.

Selain bantuan berupa tenda dan selimut mereka juga mengharapkan bantuan berupa makanan bayi dan susu untuk ibu hamil, serta obat-obatan melihat kondisi anak-anak yang kekurangan gizi dan kurangnya stamina kesehatan, harus menjadi perhatian kita bersama dalam memberikan kepedulian terhadap korban musibah gempa.(Tira/C-9)