Flooding in Indonesia Forces Hundreds from Homes
June 15, 2010 — Torrential rain and gale-force winds struck Banda Aceh, Indonesia, June 5 - 6, and brought significant flooding to several villages. Buildings were damaged, trees downed, and hundreds of people were forced from their homes.
In Garot village, on the outskirts of Banda Aceh, for example, 200 to 300 families were forced to evacuate their homes, including 36 children from Bumi Moro Orphanage. The Indonesian Red Crescent Society (PMI) and local government established centers for internally displaced persons (IDP).
After conducting a rapid needs assessment, UMCOR Indonesia, in collaboration with Caritas Czech Republic, a Catholic relief organization, distributed some 36 emergency sleeping mats for children from the orphanage who had been relocated to an IDP camp on the Caritas compound.
Before the end of the week, UMCOR also distributed 100 health kits to families affected by the flooding.
UMCOR—the United Methodist Committee on Relief—established field offices in Indonesia following the December 2004 tsunami. Country operations are based in Medan, with field offices in Banda Aceh and Bireuen.
Your gift to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400 helps UMCOR respond to those affected by this emergency and supports UMCOR’s ongoing work with survivors of the tsunami and of the 30-year conflict that preceded it.