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Indocafe for Quake in Wesleyan

December 20, 2009

Our pamphlet for fundraising

We sold coffee and lot of cookies. We also had random performance (Indonesian song including dangdut and poco poco)

….and we raised $210

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Indonesia’s Disaster Response Impresses WHO

November 22, 2009
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Saturday, 21 November 2009 | 6:39 AM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan admired the Indonesian disaster response in dealing with the 7.9-magnitude earthquake which struck Padang, West Sumatra, recently thanks to effective government coordination. “The response to the quake in Padang had been made under effective coordination between the government, local communities, and many disaster response agencies,” Margaret said here Friday.

She said coordination and cooperation between the people, government and the relevant organizations and institutions in  disaster handling is extremely necessary for rapid and effective recovery efforts. “Only in six weeks after the disaster, the situation is now calm and peaceful which significantly contributes to making rapid progress in rehabilitation and recovery efforts,” she said.

Margaret added that the biggest challenge in disaster handling is posed by establishing effective and efficient coordination to help the quake victims as quickly as possible. As natural disasters may strike everywhere and at anytime, under such circumstances the country where the disaster struck did not have to ask for foreign assistance, because normally help would automatically come from other countries without being asked.

She admired the disaster response from other countries which is a  sign of solidarity from the people of other countries.  International humanitarian aid arrived in Indonesia  without  being asked, and it would be necessary to establsh effective coordination of the relevant authories in the distribution of the relief aid to the disaster victims. The WHO director general had recently visited Padang for an inspection of the  recovery and rehabilitation  efforts in the disaster-hit areas.

 

source : http://english.kompas.com/read/xml/2009/11/21/0639099/indonesias.disaster.response.impresses.who

Yale Fundraising

November 17, 2009

 

Kroon Hall, Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect St

Support us to raise money for the recovery of Padang, Indonesia post-earthquake. Our programs include fund collections from donation boxes and a disaster fundraising cafe (at Kroon, November 17-19).

The Risk Reduction, Adaptation, and Disaster Student Interest Group (RRAD) and The Yale Silat Federation.

40 days after : Building Rescue Center

November 17, 2009
Menyusuri Padang pada Hari Ke-40 Pascagempa (1)

Bangun Sekolah Tahan Gempa Sekaligus Rescue Center

Pada hari ke-40 pascagempa, wartawan Jawa Pos Nany Wijaya kembali ke Gunung Tigo, Kabupaten Padang Pariaman. Sebelumnya, sepekan pascagempa pun dia sudah ke sana. Catatan tentang kehancuran akibat guncangan 7,9 skala Richter yang mencabik-cabik dan rencana-rencana ke depan akan diturunkan secara bersambung.

DI sela-sela mengurus dan mempersiapkan lokasi sekolah yang akan dibangun dengan dana bantuan para pembaca Jawa Pos, saya menyempatkan berkunjung ke daerah perbukitan Gunung Tigo (baca: Gunuang Tigo) di Kabupaten Padang Pariaman beberapa hari lalu.

Dari sisa bantuan pembaca yang belum tersalurkan, kami merencanakan untuk membangun dua sekolah -masing-masing di Padang dan Padang Pariaman- dengan konsep seperti sekolah-sekolah di Jepang. Tak hanya tahan gempa, tapi juga sebagai rescue center ketika terjadi bencana.

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40,000 people still waiting for help

November 16, 2009

PARIAMAN, KOMPAS. com – Sekitar 39.563 warga di Kabupaten Padang Pariaman, Sumatra Barat (Sumbar) masih hidup dalam kondisi rentan terhadap dampak bencana gempa 7,9 SR diikuti tanah longsor yang melanda daerah itu 30 September silam.

“Kelompok warga yang hidup rentan pascabencana itu adalah wanita hamil, bayi dan anak balita (umur dibawah lima tahun),” kata Bupati Padang Pariaman, Muslim Kasim di Pariaman, Senin.

Ia merinci, jumlah wanita hamil yang hidup rentan sebanyak 6.524 orang terdiri dari 1.558 orang hingga kini masih menginap di tenda-tenda darurat dan 4.966 jiwa yang telah kembali ke rumahnya.

Kemudian, jumlah bayi yang hidup rentan sebanyak 7.311 jiwa terdiri dari 3.502 orang masih hidup di tenda-tenda darurat dan 3.809 orang telah bermukim kembali di dalam rumah.

Sedangkan balita yang hidup rentan pascabencana mencapai 33.529 orang, terdiri dari 13.700 orang masih tinggal di dalam tenda dan 19.429 orang telah kembali ke rumah.

Sekitar 39.563 orang warga itu rentan terhadap dampak lanjutan pascabencana terutama penyakit, apalagi kondisi di lokasi bencana sering turun hujan lebat sehingga pada malam hari suasana hawa sangat dingin.

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West Sumatra Asking for Rp 8.6t to Rebuild After Quake

November 11, 2009

The West Sumatra administration has requested Rp 8.6 trillion ($903 million) to rebuild after last month’s devastating earthquake, Agung Laksono, the coordinating minister for people’s welfare, said on Tuesday.

He said the estimate submitted to him would be studied by the central government to determine whether it was realistic.

“It’s their proposal, but it will still have to be verified,” he said.

Agung said rehabilitation funds would primarily be allocated from the state budget, with some money coming from the province’s budget and donations from both domestic and overseas sources.

More than 1,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 damaged or destroyed when the magnitude-7.6 quake struck provincial capital Padang and surrounding areas on Sept. 30.

“We welcome anyone who wishes to make a private contribution, for instance by building a school,” Agung said.

This month, Padang Deputy Mayor Mahyeldi Ansyarullah told the Jakarta Globe that damage in the city alone was estimated at Rp 6.5 trillion. He said nearly 110,000 houses in Padang were damaged, 40,000 severely, and 1,188 school classrooms destroyed, mostly concentrated in elementary and junior high schools.

Indroyono Soesilo, secretary to the coordinating minister, said the rehabilitation and reconstruction plan for the province would be modeled after post-disaster management efforts in Yogyakarta after an earthquake in May 2006 that claimed more than 6,000 lives.

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After week, Stench of decomposing bodies waft through the city

October 11, 2009

A week after the Padang earthquake, stench  of decomposing bodies waft through the city. Many residents wore surgical masks to cover the pungent smell and protect themselves from clouds of dust.

Little help has reached outlying areas where rain has hampered rescue efforts and raised fears of more landslides. Aid organizations airlifted food and water to remote villages, which were now buried beneath at least 30 feet of mud after the earthquake triggered a series of landslides.

If you are going to put your life at risk, you need to do your best to make sure there is no one alive inside. You have to have faith that if you are out there to save others, God will be watching out for you at the same time”, said Pollack.

The land the machine is plowing through was once the village of Malalak, but it’s now a mass grave. More than 30 villagers — young and old — lost their lives in Malalak. Right after the earthquake, the side of the mountain exploded and came barreling down, swallowing everything in its path.

Alex Pollack, an American living in Indonesia, spent five days crawling through the ruins late into the night using a headlamp. He helped an Indonesian team extract one survivor, but said he didn’t find anyone else alive — only bodies, one of which was the brother of the survivor. “If you are going to put your life at risk, you need to do your best to make sure there is no one alive inside. You have to have faith that if you are out there to save others, God will be watching out for you at the same time”, said Pollack.