【Emergency Response to Lombok Earthquake】
It has been a week since the magnitude 7 earthquake struck northern areas of Lombok Island, in West Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Barat, NTB) province at 18:48 (UTC+7) on August 5．For the last two weeks, a series of moderate and strong quakes including M.6.4 on 29 July and M.6.2 on 9 August.
To assist our local partners ACT (Aksi Cepat Tanggan) and A-PAD Indonesia, A-PAD and its sister organization Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) dispatched an emergency response team consisting of 20 members of search and rescue (SAR), medical, and logistics staff headed by A-PAD COO Kaori Neki and Dr. Yuichiro Sakamoto, Head of Saga University Hospital Trauma and Resuscitation Center (SUSTAR) from August 6. The SAR Team includes the five K9 team members with three rescue dogs.
The below is a report of team’s needs assessments and emergency response activities from August 6 to 12.
・The Government of NTB Province has issued a provincial level state of calamity to be applied until 11 August 2018.
・National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) has not requested international assistance at this point of time.
・Governor of NTB extended Emergency Response Period by 14 days (Aug 12 to 25).
・Districts of Gangga, Kayangan and Pemenang are in need of emergency aid since these places are difficult to reach.
・Current urgent needs are tents, blankets, ready-to-eat food, rice, portable MCKs, drinking water, clean water, water tendons, instant noodles, clothes, tarpaulins / bedding, lighting / electricity, health services and trauma healing.
・Provided medical relief to the victims in remote areas in which no aid has been accessed.
・Assessed the needs of medical doctors and the availability of medical supplies by contacting local authorities at emergency coordination focal point.
・Assisted local partner NGOs with better medical equipment and medicine.
・Facilitated the international cooperation among A-PAD alliance members in a disaster emergency.
・Mobilized the Alliance’s resources to response quickly to the affected people in northern Lombok.
・In cooperation with six other Asian country members, A-PAD has put on efforts to establish a system in which mutual assistance during a major disaster is provided across borders and sectors under our mission phrase “save more lives in less time.” The joint emergency teams from Japan, Taiwan, and Indonesia made great efforts to collaborate and cooperate one another to help the victims, and we achieved our goals of international cooperation within the limit permitted by local authorities.
Thank you very much for your support.