Update Indonesia Earthquake - October 2
UNICEF emergency personnel are on the ground in West Sumatra to ensure that the urgent needs of children are met in the aftermath of Wednesday’s earthquake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter-scale. The quake has left more than 1000 people dead and forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes. Up to one-third of those affected are believed to be children.
“Every one of those children is acutely vulnerable to potential disease, lack of shelter, disruption to education, and the traumatic effects of living through such an experience,” said UNICEF Country Representative in Indonesia, Angela Kearney.
UNICEF is 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.
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