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Update Indonesia Earthquake – October 3

2009-10-02

UNICEF continues to provide emergency assistance to the children and families in West Sumatra in the wake of the September 30 earthquake that measured 7.6 on the Richter-scale. 

UNICEF Indonesia’s Country Representative Angela Kearney flew to the remote rural village of Pakandangan in Western Sumatra at the end of the week. She joined colleagues already on the ground assessing the extent of the earthquake’s impact there and responding to the community’s needs. She saw and heard first hand of the concerns facing many children as they come to terms with life in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.

UNICEF is currently on the ground in West Sumatra, working with the Indonesian government and other UN agencies to provide assistance for up to 50,000 families – including making available water pumps, water storage equipment, 40,000 jerry cans and 40,000 hygiene kits, the provision of protective services and safe places for children, supplying 250 school tents, schools-in-a-box, and recreational kits which help children re-establish a sense of normalcy.

Donations
To support UNICEF’s relief efforts in Indonesia, please donate to UNICEF Canada’s Indonesia Earthquake Relief fund, or call 1-877-955-3111. UNICEF Canada raises funds for emergencies based on country needs. Should the total contributions exceed the funding needs for a certain emergency, the funds received will be reallocated to other UNICEF emergency programmes where the need is greatest.

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.