Indonesia

Emergency alert

We are responding to the Sunda Strait tsunami in Indonesia, where more than 400 people are reported dead, with hundreds more injured or missing. This disaster is just one of many natural disasters that have devastated Indonesia in 2018.

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UPDATE: Our emergency response to the Sunda Strait tsunami

Mercy Corps is responding to help those in hard-hit areas affected by the tsunami. In the country's second deadly tsunami of this year, residents on the Sunda Strait were hit with a 10-foot-tall (three meters) tsunami without warning. More than 400 people are reported dead, with hundreds more injured or missing.

Nearly 27,000 people have been evacuated or displaced and many are in need of food, water and basic healthcare. It’s the rainy season in Indonesia, and floods of more than six feet (two meters) have sent even more people fleeing from their homes, further complicating the response.

We are rushing to get help to the affected areas. We're deploying a team and coordinating with other organizations, especially those who can do search and rescue, as some villages remain inaccessible, blocked by the debris from the tsunami. Based on our experience, we anticipate the most pressing needs to be clean water, temporary shelter, soap and other essential supplies for those affected. We have some 120 team members in Indonesia, many of whom are seasoned experts in disaster response.

Mercy Corps has been working in Indonesia for almost twenty years. Mercy Corps is committed to helping people around the world to survive through crisis, empowering them to build better lives and transform their communities for good. Recognized as a leader in delivering rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities, we have responded to numerous disasters, including the Horn of Africa drought and hunger crisis (2017), Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2018) and the Nepal earthquakes (2015).

The context

About half of all Indonesians live on less than two dollars a day. Employment growth has been slower than population growth. Public services remain inadequate by middle-income standards, and health indicators are poor. The island is also one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world.

Our work

  • Economic opportunity: Providing technical assistance, training and financial services to microfinance institutions throughout the country and helping spice farmers earn more income
  • Health: Raising awareness and supporting mothers to practice and promote exclusive breastfeeding
  • Water: Improving sanitation and hygiene in crowded urban areas with a mobile sludge removal service
  • Disaster preparedness: Identifying and mapping areas at risk and helping those communities plan, train and practice how to respond when disasters occur
  • Emergency response: Maintaining a response team ready to quickly deploy and provide immediate relief to survivors during the critical first months after a disaster strikes