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Red Cross in action after deadly quakes rock Lombok

Teams are delivering help across the Indonesian island following a second destructive earthquake within a week.

Indonesian Red Cross is responding after a destructive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday 5 August.

Because the earthquake damaged communications and other infrastructure, including electricity, roads and bridges, a full picture of people’s needs is still emerging.

The latest information has identified close to 100 people have been killed, and more than 200 injured mainly due to the collapse of buildings.

Some houses had already been partially damaged due to another earthquake which occurred in the same location, 29 July.

Hundreds of people have been treated for injuries including some of our Indonesian Red Cross volunteers in Lombok. Many have been treated in the open air to avoid the risk of further injury with buildings in danger of collapsing due to aftershocks.

People in the affected villages are fearful about returning to their homes, as a result of two large earthquakes having struck the area in less than a week and ongoing aftershocks and many have been sleeping in the open outside their homes or on roadsides.

The immediate focus has been on searching amid the rubble and rescuing survivors as well as meeting the immediate/basic needs of people affected by the earthquake.

Around 250 Indonesia Red Cross staff and volunteers have been quick to respond. Teams have been evacuating affected people from coastal areas, to avoid a possible tsunami and help survivors cope with threats from the potential collapse of damaged houses with ongoing tremors and aftershocks on the island.

Red Cross teams are also providing first aid, supporting the transport of injured survivors to hospitals so that they can get further treatment, as well as distributing relief items such as tarpaulins, blankets and hygiene kits. Volunteers are also providing personal support to prevent panic and reduce the emotional trauma caused by the quake, including loss of loved ones. 

Australian Red Cross stands ready to support Indonesian Red Cross with aid workers and technical assistance as needed.

Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal to support Red Cross in Indonesia provide humanitarian aid to people and communities affected by the recent devastating Lombok earthquakes.   

From 9 to 23 August 2018, funds received via Where it’s needed – International will go towards supporting Indonesian Earthquakes 2018.

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About the appeal

Funds raised will assist Red Cross to provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by Indonesian Earthquakes 2018. That support may include:

  • emergency relief and recovery assistance such as food, water, sanitation, shelter and health initiatives including blood
  • sending specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessment, relief, recovery and disaster and crisis management operations
  • working in affected areas to strengthen local resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services.

Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross’ control, Red Cross will direct excess funds to responding to international crises and building resilience.

Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of money raised by the Indonesian Earthquakes 2018 Appeal to cover indirect administrative and appeal costs such as receipting donations, IT costs and overheads. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.

Yes. Donations of $2 and above are tax-deductible in Australia.

Thanks for your generosity but we are unable to send donated goods to the area. The cost of shipping and storing these products would far exceed the cost of buying items in bulk closer to the source. Here's more information.

Our Red Cross shops around the country will gratefully accept good-quality clothing and household items. These will be on-sold to raise funds to help people in Australia and further afield. Find a Red Cross Shop near you.

Thank you for your kind offer to volunteer. Australian Red Cross does not send volunteers overseas during a disaster or emergency response. In these instances, we would only send trained specialists who have experience working in international emergencies and with Red Cross.