UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock will announce an allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster relief assistance for people affected by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 28 September.
The CERF funds will allow UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to rapidly scale up support to the Government-led response in the areas of logistics, shelter, safe water and sanitation, healthcare, camp coordination, and camp management, emergency livelihoods and protection services.
“The Government of Indonesia is experienced and well-equipped in managing natural disasters, but sometimes, as with all other countries, outside help is also needed”, Mr. Lowcock said. “Given the scale and complexity of this emergency, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations are working closely with government counterparts to provide life-saving assistance. CERF funds will support UN agencies already on the ground to help respond to key priorities identified by the Government and assist the tens of thousands of people in need.”
The Government and humanitarian agencies are working tirelessly to try and deliver life-saving aid. But the needs are vast, and people urgently require shelter, clean water, food, fuel, emergency medical care and psychosocial support. Water remains the main issue as most of water supply infrastructure has been damaged. Government offices are using water trucks, but these are not sufficient for the needs of those affected by the disaster.
Through its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) OCHA is providing technical support including data collection and analysis, needs assessment and information management.
Original source: OCHA
Published on 2 October 2018