2018 Lombok Earthquake Response
Give2Asia is now mobilizing funds for disaster response efforts in Lombok, Indonesia, where multiple fatal earthquakes have displaced over 350,000 people and destroyed 80% of buildings in the region. The resort island was struck by three massive earthquakes little more than one week apart, measuring at 6.4, 6.9, and 5.9, respectively, triggering landslides and power outages. As of August 14th, at least 400 people have been killed with search efforts underway for an unknown number of missing persons.
Our partners with a local presence in the area have been engaged in response efforts to support displaced families, but are in need of immediate support to scale up their efforts. See below for donation options.
Updated on August 14th, 2018
On 29 July 2018 at 06:47 an earthquake registering 6.4 on the Richter Scale rocked Lombok, centered around the North-East region of the island. On 5 August 2018 at 19:46 (less than a week later) an even stronger earthquake struck on the northern coast of Lombok, registering 6.9 on the Richter Scale. Two days later, a third earthquake struck measuring at magnitude 5.9 in the same area. There have been 543 aftershocks and counting since the initial quake.
Following this series of strong earthquakes over 400 people have been killed, and at least another 230 injured, with concerns for those still missing after the quake. In addition to the human cost it is estimated that at least 350,000 people have been displaced. Government estimates further state that 80% of buildings have been destroyed in the north.
As of 14 August 2018 there are still reports of power outages and communication issues in areas of Lombok and the Gili Islands, exacerbated by continued aftershocks.
Lombok’s main hospital in Mataram is struggling to cope with the number of injured people with many injured being treated in tents outside of the hospital.
IDEP Foundation is engaged in immediate response efforts to support displaced families on the island. Having done projects on the island before and most recently engaged in response to those evacuated for Mount Agung's eruption, IDEP is closely familiar with the region and is able to swiftly coordinate resources to those in need. In addition to emergency response, IDEP also seeks enough funding to help rebuild homes in a structurally resilient fashion that will protect families from future earthquakes.
IDEP plans to distribute basic needed resources in their IDEP Family Buckets to each of the families currently living in the camps, and needs support as quickly as possible. With enough aid they will be able to scale up their efforts to reach thousands more.
The complete cost of one family bucket is US$ 125.
East Bali Poverty Project
The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) has been working closely with villages in Indonesia since 1998 and is now providing immediate support to displaced persons living in camps. EBPP has designed 3 x 5 meter temporary homes that can each shelter one family of up to 6-7 people. The homes have concrete floors, corrugated zinc roofs, bamboo provided by the communities themselves, and provisions such as mattresses and linens. Further, each home is constructed with integrated help from community members and members of EBPP - in keeping with their organizational motto to "help people help themselves" - but they need support to acquire more resources to continue building.
They aim to build as many homes as possible based on aid provided. Your support enables them to provide immediate relief to displaced families in Lombok.
The complete cost of each home
is US$ 275.
To date, Give2Asia has swiftly and thoughtfully responded to over 40 natural disasters in Asia and rebuilt local communities with $50 million in funding. Let us be a part of your Lombok earthquake response.
For more information, contact Sheena Agarwal, Development Manager of Disaster Programs at +1 415 967 7378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.