Multiple natural disasters has caused major damage! Support the people in crisis right now!
Situated in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is a group of highly volatile volcanic islands, where many of the citizens come from different cultures and speak different languages. However, this exceptionally diverse, incredible society is struggling to cope with the burden of its location.
Along with Indonesia’s island vibrancy comes the continual threat of natural disaster. Since 2004, it’s estimated that Indonesia has experienced an average of one medium or major level disaster each month, usually in the form of tornadoes and floods but also including tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. The difficulty of being an island nation has left Indonesia without the appropriate infrastructure needed to deal with these issues, resulting in food and nutrition shortages that are seriously affecting the population.
Here at Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, we’ve made it our mission to help support the innocent civilians who are trapped or suffering as a result of the natural disasters in Indonesia. To achieve this, we focus our efforts on food and medical support, organising food pack distributions and setting up medical camps to assist the most vulnerable when disaster strikes.
Indonesia’s location in the Pacific Ocean makes it exceptionally prone to natural disasters. Looking at earthquakes in 2018 alone, it becomes clear just how difficult life is for the inhabitants of this island nation. In 2018, there were nine significant earthquakes, six of which had a magnitude of 6.0 or greater. Together, these earthquakes affected more than two million people, damaging homes and infrastructure, killing hundreds, injuring thousands and causing food shortages either directly, or indirectly by affecting the economy of the country.
The challenges presented by Indonesia’s disasters have left the country with serious food concerns. Approximately 14% of the population lives below the poverty line and of this 14%, most people spend 70% of their wage on food. Combined with high food prices caused by the damaged infrastructure, this has forced families to buy cheap pre-packaged foodstuffs that have poor nutritional value, leading to millions of children suffering from malnutrition and stunted growth. Overall, the issues created by the Indonesia disasters have led to over 19 million people being unable to meet their dietary requirements, and every time a new disaster strikes, this number increases.
2018 was Indonesia’s worst year in over a decade, with the country experiencing 2,564 disasters in total. The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said that together, these disasters culminated in 3,349 deaths, damage to over 319,000 homes and injuries to at least 21,000 people. Furthermore, the BNPB has estimated that 2019 will see over 2,500 disasters as a result of deforestation issues across the islands. The people in this struggling nation need help to cope with the food shortages, damage and infrastructural stress of so many natural disasters.
The people of Indonesia need our help to address their food and malnourishment issues, as well as to obtain affordable medical services for those struggling with injuries caused by natural disasters. Your donation has the power to give those who are most vulnerable a fighting chance at survival.
For £55, you can fund a comprehensive food package that will feed a family for a whole month, ensuring that they are eating well and remaining nourished regardless of their situation or location.
For £300, you will allow Al Mustafa Welfare Trust to give an emergency relief package to one of the most vulnerable in Indonesia. This package is often the difference between life and death for these people, including clean drinking water, a small tent, hygiene items, a sleeping bag, a baby chest carrier and meals. For those who have lost their homes or family as a result of the natural disasters, this really is a lifeline.
For £1,000, you can help to build a brand new emergency medical camp that will act as a base for assisting those who are injured and suffering from the natural disasters in the region.
Your contribution really does have the power to change the lives of innocent Indonesian citizens. Donate today and help us give the most vulnerable people a second chance at a better quality of life.
Last updated: 23/12/2018
At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia's Sunda Strait, government officials say. There was no warning of the giant waves which struck at night, destroying hundreds of buildings, sweeping away cars and uprooting trees.
The disaster management agency has warned people to stay away from the coastline due to fears of another tsunami.
More than 430 homes were severely damaged by the tsunami, which is said to have reached 10ft high. It is believed the waves were caused by an eruption of Anak Krakatau, the active cone that arose after the infamous Krakatoa eruption of 1883 that left tens of thousands dead and cut world temperatures for years. Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said it is likely to have been triggered by underwater landslides.
Indonesia is facing tragic loss in the wake of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.
More than 800 people are already confirmed dead and there are fears this figure could jump into the 1000s as emergency services reach more remote areas.
In some places, the concern is that people are buried alive under the rubble in desperate need of help. Entire fishing villages have been reduced to rubble along the shoreline, with personal belongings, cars and boats lying broken after being violently thrown around by huge waves.
Among the ruins and rubble are tents, providing minimal but necessary shelter for the families sleeping out in the open.
Even the equipment available is not enough for what the rescuers face. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, has confirmed that “communication is limited, heavy machinery is limited... it's not enough for the numbers of buildings that collapsed".
So please help the people of Indonesia now. They need your support urgently!