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Emergency: Indonesia Earthquake Response

Posted on: Monday, November 28th, 2022

After-shocks and heavy rain are hampering emergency relief efforts in Indonesia’s West Java region following the devastating earthquake on 21st November. Cold temperatures, especially at night, are making shelter an urgent priority, and there are fears that rain may cause flash floods and landslides. Our emergency appeal is providing vital support to those hit hardest by the earthquake.

According to BNPB, the Indonesian government’s disaster response agency, more than 58,000 people have now been displaced. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, as well as schools and hospitals. Many of those killed or injured were children. Our emergency appeal will target the most at-risk families, including people with disabilities, who are often left behind by other relief efforts.

We know that people with disabilities are often the worst affected when a disaster strikes. They are at higher risk of being injured or losing their lives during a disaster. They also face additional barriers that can make it harder to recover from a disaster and rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

Jack Gustiana, founder of CBM’s partner Indonesia Bhadra Utama says:

“Persons with disabilities are having difficulties in accessing relief due to their limited mobility and inaccessible roads. People are becoming anxious because of limited essential supplies. We need shelter and hygiene kits. We also need psychosocial support for the community, especially for children.”

In the film below, Anton Purnama, Humanitarian Coordinator from CBM Global Indonesia, speaks to Agus from a CBM-supported partner on his experience as a person with disability during the earthquake.

Watch the film on YouTube here.

Ela, a woman with a disability from one of the most affected districts in Indonesia, explains the current situation for people with disabilities following the earthquake:

“The earthquake was scary. Many people died and many others are injured. The area, which was most affected by the earthquake, does not have accessible roads. Many people with disabilities are isolated and cannot easily access evacuation sites and assistance. Communities, including people with disabilities like me, are in need of support. We need tents, blankets, food, and toiletries.”

CBM’s team in Indonesia is working with our local partners in the area to reach out to people with disabilities and others who are particularly vulnerable. No one should be left behind.

With your help, we are working with our country team and partners to provide access to:

  • Tents
  • Blanket (Cianjur is a highland area, the temperature is cold, especially in rain season)
  • Family kits
  • Children and baby kits
  • Hygiene kits for women
  • Medical supplies

Please donate now to help the most vulnerable families affected by the earthquake.

Donations via the link above will be prioritised for CBM’s earthquake response in Indonesia with any surplus funds used where the need is greatest.