Deadly tsunami killing hundreds in Indonesia prompts ADRA response



[Photo courtesy of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division]

Jan 03, 2019  |  Silang, Cavite, Philippines

Days after a deadly tsunami hit the coastal towns near the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, local government officials reported 426 people are confirmed dead, 7,202 people injured, 23 are missing and 40,386 have been evacuated. These numbers continue to rise while rescue operations are still ongoing.

According to Indonesia’s local disaster agency, the tsunami was triggered by an unusual wave surge and underwater landslide caused by Anak Krakatau’s volcanic eruption. This natural activity created tsunami waves that were more than 9 feet high or three meters that crashed towards nearby shores, and swept away hundreds of people, houses and commercial establishments. 

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Indonesia immediately deployed emergency response teams and coordinated with government entities to conduct rapid assessments to see what assistance could be extended to affected families in the shortest time possible. 

"Affected families are in a very challenging situation at this time and needs a lot of both physical and moral help to overcome this crisis,” said Erlan. "Families need food, clean water, sanitation, blanket, health services, tents, nutritional supplements, displacement shelters, latrines, and medicines.”





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