Earthquake Shakes Southwest Maluku; Survivors Need Immediate Assistance

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocked Southwest Maluku. The survivors are in urgent need of assistance because their location is quite difficult to reach.

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Houses damaged by the earthquake in Southwest Maluku. (BNPB)

ACTNews, SOUTHWEST MALUKU – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocked Southwest Maluku on Saturday (12/11/2021) night. The victims are in urgent need of assistance because their location is quite difficult to reach.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) mentioned on its website that the epicenter of the earthquake was located 163 kilometers northeast of Southwest Maluku. The hypocenter of the earthquake was 6.98 south latitude and 128.68 east longitude with a depth of 10 kilometers.

Residents of Lilih Village, East Bebar Village, and West Bebar Village in Damer District, Southwest Maluku Regency were reported to have been affected by the earthquake. The Southwest Maluku Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) explained that as a result of the earthquake, 13 houses sustained heavy damage, and 6 houses sustained moderate damages. In addition, a church and hamlet office were also moderately damaged.

Wahab Loilatu from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Maluku reported that as many as 21 families have been affected, forcing them to sleep and even worship outside their homes.

“Their houses have been damaged by the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that shook Damer. There has been no relief provided for the affected residents although they direly need it," said Wahab, Monday (12/13/2021).

Among their urgent needs are tarps, tents, blankets, mats, and food aid.

“The distance from Ambon City to the earthquake-hit location is very far. It can only be reached by air and sea. There are only two flights a week and one ferry schedule a week. Transport fares are also very expensive,” concluded Wahab.[]