+ New Zealand responds to Sulawesi tsunami
CID member NGOs are working with their partners in Sulawesi to get vital supplies to people in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Estimates put the number of people affected at over 1.5 million. The emergency response is being hampered by widespread power outages, lack of available machinery and fuel shortage.
Fatalities are at 844 and rising. Over 48,000 people have been displaced and have sought safety in 103 camps across the island. Roughly 1,100 schools and colleges have been damaged, affecting over 150,000 students.
Rapid assessments are being undertaken in-country, and immediate needs have been identified. These include search and rescue equipment, water, food, shelter, fuel, safe and dignified burial management, medical supplies and psycho-social support.
Here's a list of New Zealand based NGOs supporting the emergency response (with more likely to join in the next few days):
· Christian World Service – Trish Murray - 03 3669274 x 710
· World Vision – Chloe Irvine 0223508918
· Oxfam – Kelsey-Rae Taylor 0212985894
· Caritas – Karl Corney 04 4961742
· ChildFund – Quenelda Clegg - 0291228637
· Save the Children – Ally Cleland 0225319514
· UNICEF – Lachlan Forsyth 021517449
· Christian Blind Mission – Dr Murray Sheard 022 675 0942
· Habitat for Humanity - Alan Thorp 021 747 183.
· ADRA – Mark Collyns – 021 490279
The New Zealand government has announced $1.6 million to support the recovery.
$1.5m for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency appeal; and a further $100,000 to allow the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta to respond to other immediate needs.
Additional funding to support the response efforts of New Zealand NGOs is likely.