At least 430 people have been killed, 14,000 injured and 33,000 displaced after a tsunami hit coastal towns and tourist beach resorts on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait.
The giant tidal waves, triggered by a volcanic eruption, struck without warning on Saturday 22 December, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and roads, and destroying homes.
Our local partner Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU) has deployed a crisis team, including medical doctors and midwives, to help communities affected by the disaster in Rajabasa village, Lampung province.
The team is providing emergency medical relief and distributing clean water and rice, as well as blankets and basic hygiene supplies. They are setting up a public kitchen as they continue to assess the needs of displaced people, thousands of whom are living in temporary shelters.
As our partners work to save lives on the ground, we need your help.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with all those whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by this latest disaster, which comes so quickly after September's tsunami and earthquake.’
Rudy Pinem, Emergency Programme Manager
In recent months, Christian Aid’s partner YEU has been delivering essential supplies to more than 6,500 people affected by the previous tsunami and earthquake, which struck Indonesia in September.
Watch the video to see the impact of your support for communities affected by the September disaster, and read more below.
As we support the tsunami relief effort, our partner YEU continues to help survivors of September’s disaster in Central Sulawesi
- running mobile health clinics for survivors of the disaster, particularly women and girls, both those injured and those who had pre-existing health conditions
- handing out more than 1,600 hygiene kits to families in five villages, to help prevent the spread of diseases
- distributing more than 130 shelter kits in three villages before monsoon season, to help families cope with monsoon weather and help women maintain their privacy before they moved on to transitional shelters
- handing out 150 solar panel in two villages, to give people a renewable, sustainable source of energy.
We are also working on protection and psychosocial counselling support for the survivors, to ensure that the threat of gender-based violence is minimised and stress levels of communities are brought down.
Our support focuses particularly on vulnerable individuals: people living with disabilities and limited mobility, pregnant or breastfeeding women, adolescent girls, and households led by women.
Our emergency manager reports
Christian Aid’s Regional Emergency Manager for South East Asia, Yeeshu Shukla, has helped to coordinate our support for survivors in Indonesia.
'In one place I visited, our partner YEU distributed hygiene kits to women and adolescent girls in 294 households: they were left homeless after their seaside village of Tongge was wiped out.
'I have met people affected by this overwhelming crisis like Astmi, who is 36 years old and four months pregnant. Astmi lost her house in the disaster: when I met her she was living in a temporary relocation site. She was given much-needed medical assistance by a doctor, through medical outreach units that Christian Aid is supporting. There are hundreds of women like Astmi who need attention.
'I also met Justriyani: she is 68 years old and is taking care of her three grandchildren, who lost both their parents before the disaster. The earthquake has significantly increased their struggle for survival. Justriyani received the hygiene kits distributed by Christian Aid. It means she can collect clean water, and it helps to minimise the spread of disease, which is a serious risk at this time.
'Survivors need all the support we can give. The tsunami swept away everything that came in the way.'
Photo: Ten-year-old Ayu, who suffers from asthma, receives medicine from Christian Aid’s partner Yakkum Emergency Unit. Disasters Emergency Committee/Ivo Belohoubek
‘It was like a bad dream’ – Saripa’s story
Saripa was about to finish cooking and preparing for the Friday prayer. Suddenly everything started shaking. Fearing the worst, she ran out of her home, while grabbing her four-month-old son.
She heard men shouting, ‘The sea is rising!’, so she ran towards the higher ground. Fortunately, her two other children were playing outside and were able to run towards the safer ground.
Her husband, who works in the fishing industry, was out at sea, on another part of the coast: he was lucky to escape in time.
Saripa walked with her children towards the nearest hill and settled down on a flat piece of ground, with many other families from her village. She stayed there for almost a week before she gathered the courage to go back and check on her house.
She recalls: ‘I was shocked to see that my house was completely wiped out and there were no signs of any structure. It was like a bad dream.’
She says she never thought the sea could do this to them: their lives and livelihoods revolve around the sea.
Now Saripa is rebuilding her life from scratch. Christian Aid has given her family a hygiene kit containing household supplies. She hopes the support provided by Christian Aid will help her family in the months to come.
Photo: Saripa with the hygiene kit she received. Christian Aid/Yeeshu Shukla