Oxfam provides drinking water and shelter to Indonesian earthquake survivors

By agency reporter
August 9, 2018

Oxfam is providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5,000 survivors following a devastating earthquake, the second within a week, hit Lombok Island in Indonesia on Sunday  5 August 2018. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency puts the death toll at 91 with over 200 injured. Six hundred thousand people are affected, with up to 80 per cent of the population displaced in four out of the five districts of Lombok (Northern, Western, Eastern and Central Lombok). Many are still reported buried due to landslides in the hills and under the rubble of thousands of homes and buildings that have collapsed following the main earthquake and multiple aftershocks.

Over 20,000 people are in temporary shelters while thousands more are under open skies in need of drinking water, food, medical supplies, and clothes. Clean drinking water is scarce due to the extremely dry weather conditions leading up the disaster.

Following the first 6.5 magnitude earthquake last week, Oxfam had dispatched a mobile water treatment plant, 1,500 tarpaulins for shelter, and clothing material, and set up an emergency relief information centre to support the work of the local humanitarian partners. Oxfam will now intensify its aid delivery efforts immediately.

While all Oxfam and partner staff on Lombok are safe, many of its projects have been hit hard by the quakes halting regular operations.

* Oxfam https://www.oxfam.org.uk/ios

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