Indonesia - Earthquake - September 2009
An earthquake measuring 7.6
on the Richter Scale struck the Padang area of West Sumatra leaving more
than 1100 people dead, some 3,000 injured, and some 50,000 without
access to potable water.
On 5 October DG 3400 Thomas Aquinas accepted the offer of 100 Water-Survival Boxes. This consignment left Midsomer Norton on 6 October and arrived in Jakarta on 9th where the Rotary Jakarta Relief team under PDG Mustain arranged for an onward flight to Padang. There a Rotary action team had been set up on day 3 of the emergency and was ready to take responsibility for distribution to families most in need.
Rotarians from Chelwood Bridge packed a further 100 Water-Survival Boxes from stock items and these were also offered and accepted by DG Thomas on 8 October. This consignment left Midsomer Norton on 9 October and reached Jakarta on 13th where PDG Mustain’s team arranged for them to be taken on the next available flight to Padang.
Thus, in the space of 8 days, two consignments totalling 200 Water-Survival Boxes were in the disaster zone and being distributed. This operation again demonstrates the rapid response capability of the Water-Survival Box following disaster.
Following receipt of a number of donations, orders for new stock items including boxes, filtration kits, etc, to fill another 100 boxes were placed last week. The Water-Survival Box team and Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge thank all those Clubs in District 1200 and elsewhere in R.I.B.I. for their assistance to date. To be able to send further help to Sumatra if needed and to be prepared for the next disaster further donations would be very much appreciated.
PS: Whilst responding to this emergency most members of the Club were also engaged in running the District Conference in Jersey!
Hugo Pike – Past President – RC of Chelwood Bridge
Chairman – Worldwaterworks Limited (Water-Survival Box project)