Free Food Operation Supports Central Maluku Earthquake Survivors

Humanitarian aid for the earthquake survivors in Central Maluku continues to be provided. Through the Free Food Operation, hundreds of meal packages were distributed to Yaputih Village, Tehoru District, Central Maluku on Saturday (7/10/2021).

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A child who is the Central Maluku earthquake survivor receives a meal package from the Free Food Operation by ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, CENTRAL MALUKU – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Maluku continue to distribute humanitarian aid to the earthquake survivors in Central Maluku. On Saturday (7/10/2021), through the Free Food Operation, hundreds of meal packages were distributed to Yaputih Village, Tehoru District, Central Maluku which became the evacuation center for the survivors.

The children’s excitement was seen when the ACT-MRI team visited the evacuation tents to distribute nutritious meal packages. “This meal distribution aims to support the food needs of the earthquake survivors and to recover the residents’ condition after the earthquake. Many of the survivors can only rely on the assistance because they didn’t bring a lot of supplies or valuables to the evacuation center,” said Muhammad Iqbal Kumkelo from the ACT Maluku team.

The meal package distribution was only one of the many forms of assistance that have been distributed through ACT from the Generous Benefactors to the evacuees. Previously, ACT-MRI Maluku team has also opened a health service post that provides care and treatments for injured and sick evacuees.

“The survivors who live in evacuation tents are prone to many diseases such as cold, fever, cough, and diarrhea,” concluded Iqbal.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Central Maluku on Thursday (6/17/2021). The most affected villages were Haya, Tehoru, and Yaputih. The total number of evacuees from the three villages was 22,832 people, spread across 29 evacuation points on the nearest highland.

According to BNPB, the earthquake has damaged many houses in each village as well as public infrastructure including a mosque, a church, and school facilities.[]