A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the province of Maluku, near the capital of Ambon, Indonesia on 26 September, affecting over 61,000 HH people and displacing over 166,903 people. At least 31 people have been killed and 179 injured. The affected population evacuated from the coast lines due to the fear of a tsunami, while a week after the initial earthquake, the displaced population has not returned to their homes, do to the multiple aftershocks and fear of destruction. The earthquake caused extensive damage to structures like health facilities, schools and bridges and houses, with nearly 2,700 houses damaged.
The primary strategy of the operation is to support those evacuated in Waai and Liang village (and potentially the outer islands), during their emergency evacuation period. PMI has already begun to support these two villages with the distribution of supplies and activities for children, emergency messaging and DRR and Hygiene campaigns. The first week of activities and distributions has proven to not meet the needs in the villages now as the initial assessments are completed, therefore PMI will send additional stocks to cover the remaining families needs, while continue activities for children, and DRR and Hygiene campaigns for 1 month during the emergency evacuation, and return to houses. As there is a risk of disease spreading with limited latrines in the evacuation area, PMI will monitor the health situation, and encourage the use of latrines in peoples homes throughout the day.
The IFRC Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) in Jakarta is providing technical support and working in coordination with PMI and supporting communications and media relations needs.
affecting over 61,000 HH people and displacing over 166,903 people