Emergency alert

Mercy Corps team members are on the ground now delivering urgently needed supplies after an earthquake killed more than 430 people.

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The context

UPDATE: Our response to the earthquake in Indonesia

In the last few weeks, the island of Lombok, Indonesia has suffered from multiple earthquakes, the most serious August 5, which killed more than 430 people. New tremors continue to hit the island. More than 350,000 people have been displaced.

Mercy Corps Indonesia team members are working in collaboration with the government of Indonesia to respond to this disaster. We are now delivering urgently needed supplies to families in need.

We're focusing on providing shelter support and access to clean water to keep families healthy and protect them from the elements. $500 will support a family with a tent, four mattresses, four blankets and a solar lamp. $50 will pay for a hygiene and health kit.

"We already know that many people have lost access to water, and are in need of shelter. Some roads are blocked or difficult to navigate making it challenging to reach all of the communities in need of assistance. The affected areas have no electricity, and hospitals are over capacity," says Piva Bell, Mercy Corps' Indonesia response team coordinator.

"The next few days will be crucial as we prepare to help people find shelter, and get the food and water they need to keep going."

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Life in Indonesia

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