Cianjur, Indonesia Earthquake: What You Need To Know
Thousands of people have been injured or displaced after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck in West Java, Indonesia. Learn more about this emergency and how Project HOPE is responding.
At least 73,000 people have been displaced after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Cianjur in West Java, Indonesia on November 21. The death toll has climbed to more than 300, approximately one-third of whom were children who had been trapped in homes or schools that fell.
- November’s earthquake injured more than 7,700 people and displaced another 73,000 in West Java, Indonesia
- Many communities have been cut off by landslides and lost access to essential services
- December is Indonesia’s rainiest month, which may contribute to additional health issues among affected communities
- Project HOPE is partnering with local organizations in Indonesia to meet the most pressing health needs
How Project HOPE is Responding
Project HOPE has a permanent presence in Indonesia through the Yayasan Project HOPE office. Led by our Emergency Response Staff in Indonesia, Project HOPE is engaging with an established network of partners in the region, many of whom have mobilized in response to the earthquake. These local network partners include the IBU Foundation, a humanitarian organization that focuses support on mothers and children; KUN Humanity System, a medical response organization that provides mobile medical units in remote environments; and Yayasan Wanadri, an outdoor organization that supports search and rescue efforts as well as provides first-aid.
In partnership with these local organizations, Project HOPE’s Indonesia team has been able to reach isolated communities cut off by landslides and assess their immediate needs. Our team has learned that approximately 20% of houses in Cugenang and Warukondang subdistricts have been moderately to severely affected. The emergency response team also has identified over 300 displaced families that are in need of shelter kits and clean water supplies.
At this time, the Project HOPE emergency response staff is partnering with the IBU Foundation and has deployed two Mobile Care Units that will provide medical services, including mental health and psychosocial support, to displaced communities in the most affected areas. Additionally, Project HOPE is coordinating the distribution of non-food items, such as family shelter kits and hygiene kits. Project HOPE will continue monitoring the ongoing needs from the earthquake and will be prepared to deploy additional teams to the impacted areas.
Situation on the Ground
On Monday, November 21, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Cianjur in West Java, Indonesia. The earthquake triggered landslides across the region, burying roads and preventing access to the affected areas except to those using motorbikes or on foot. Despite success in clearing debris and re-opening main roads into Cianjur, many remote areas remain isolated. This lack of access has complicated many emergency services efforts as first responders struggled to reach the affected areas the day following the quake.
Response operations have also been hampered by power outages and over-stretched medical resources. Local hospitals are reportedly beyond capacity. Additionally, one regional hospital experienced considerable damage, resulting in the injured being treated outdoors in makeshift tents. The overwhelmed healthcare facilities, compounded by the shortage of medical professionals, have resulted in some patients being evacuated to facilities in the neighboring city of Bandung.
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