Success Stories

Response to Jogjakarta Earthquake

Posted on April 11, 2012 by Anjali Khanna

In late May 2006, a disastrous 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Central Java region of Indonesia. The earthquake killed more than 5,600 people throughout the region, but the real crisis came in providing for the hundreds of thousands of survivors of the quake after it was over.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, IRD implements the School Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in Central Java, and has offices in Jogjakarta which accommodate a staff of over 45 people. Despite the fact that the office itself was badly damaged during the quake, IRD staff were able to begin distributing food and medical supplies to hospitals and mobilizing resources to provide water, food and shelter for victims within hours.

Recognizing the urgent need for medical supplies and pharmaceutical drugs, IRD worked with international partners to arrange the shipment and delivery of more than $1.8 million worth of medical supplies to the region. Within the first week following the disaster, IRD had distributed thousands of dollars worth of medical supplies including surgical materials, syringes, painkillers, antibiotics, antiseptic agents, and pharmaceutical drugs.

IRD immediately committed $100,000 worth of food supplies from programs throughout Southeast Asia and distributed additional food supplies in the weeks following. Working in conjunction with USDA and the World Food Programme, IRD has distributed more than 80 metric tons of pre-packaged noodles to more than 198,700 beneficiaries in the Bantul, Jogjakarta, Gunung Kidul, Sleman, and Klaten districts; in total, IRD is scheduled to distribute approximately 450 metric tons of noodles and biscuits to survivors over two months.

IRD’s water and sanitation infrastructure team is completing the assessments of 63 schools in the Bantul district and 28 schools in Klaten, and will continue to work with the affected communities to determine ongoing needs. As was the case during extensive relief work IRD provided in Banda Aceh and Sri Lanka following the tsunami and Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina, IRD is committed to providing both emergency relief as well as long-term recovery resources to victims.