Indonesia Disaster Relief

October 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

On September 30th, a massive earthquake occurred near Padang, Indonesia with its shockwaves hitting Sumatara and registering a moment magnitude of 7.6. The following day, Sumatara was hit again with an earthquake measuring 6.6.

Shockwave Affected Areas

Shockwave affected areas

The destruction caused is unimaginable. The death toll has reached 1100, with many more trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings. The Indonesian Red Cross aka Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) has confirmed that 80% of housing and public buildings have been severely damaged, including hospitals, schools and mosques.

Emergency response teams have been dispatched via PMI, and while efforts are being made to save lives and shelter survivors of this disaster, more support is needed.

Destroyed homes and buildings

Destroyed homes and buildings

To help out our neighbours, Malaysia.com has donated over 3,400RM (,000 USD) to PMI’s Sumatara Earthquake Fund. We urge everybody to do the same and lend a hand to those in need.

Your money goes towards immediate needs such as food and supplies to aide displaced residents of the Sumatara area. Tents, blankets, and beds for example, are desperately needed to house those whose homes have been destroyed by the earthquakes.

It also goes to supplies and equipment necessary for rescue operations to move forward. Many people are still missing and/or trapped under debris and your contribution makes it possible for rescue workers to continue on finding more survivors.

Finally, these funds will allow PMI to operate in the Sumatara area until stability returns.

For more information and to donate, visit the Indonesian Red Cross website.

To donate via credit card, visit the American Red Cross website.

Our thoughts are with our Indonesian friends.

- The Malaysia.com Team

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4 Responses

  1. We can help with a housing program safe for natural disaster.
    Please contact us.

  2. Sapawi says:

    Malaysia is so lucky because this country is not in the earthquake area. I live in Kuala Lumpur and I heard people in KL especially in the city talking about the vibration they felt the same day the earthquake hit Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    I believe that lots of parties did the same (just like Malaysia.com) to help those in need in the affected areas in Padang.

  3. It was sad incident. Lots of destrcution.

  4. i love indonesia says:

    thanks for your concern about disaster that happened in my lovely country.

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