Maluku Earthquake Survivors Require Aid from Benefactors

The affected residents of the recent earthquake in Maluku are still staying at the evacuation tents in poor condition. Right now, they require more tents, blankets, mats, food aid, and health services.

The Central Maluku earthquake survivors in Tehoru District are staying in simple tarpaulin tents.
The affected residents of the recent earthquake in Maluku are still staying at the evacuation tents in poor condition. Right now, they require more tents, blankets, mats, food aid, and health services. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, CENTRAL MALUKU – The magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Central Maluku, Wednesday (6/16/2021) has made the residents afraid to return to their homes. In Tehoru District, the residents choose to stay in the evacuation camp amid the poor condition. Currently, they are staying in tarp tents with thin mats in plantations that are located on high ground. Every time the night or rain comes, the thin sheets can't protect them from the inevitable cold breeze.

They choose to stay in the evacuation site for fear of the aftershocks that might occur. The earthquake last Wednesday caused the sea levels to rise.

Based on the observations by the volunteers of Aksi Cepat Tanggap and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia in the earthquake-affected location in Tehoru, many houses were also damaged including Hamdan’s house. The resident of Haya Village said that he had not returned home because of fear and that his residence was also damaged.

“My house is damaged, so I cannot return home yet. Several aftershocks are still occurring. If everything is safe, I will return to the village,” said Hamdan when he was visited by the ACT team in Gunung Hahan evacuation camp, Haya Village, Friday (6/18/2021).

Currently, Hamdan and his family are staying in an evacuation camp. They live in a tent occupied by many families. There is even a tent filled with more than 20 families. The applied tents are not fully feasible with many tears on them that make it easy for the cold breeze and rains to enter. They can only consume instant noodles due to the limited food supply. Health services are also required since evacuees, especially children, are prone to various diseases.

Hamdan adds that the urgent needs include proper tents, blankets, sleeping mats, and food supply. The evacuees do not know when they will return to their houses because they are still worried about bigger tremors that may happen at any time.

“There are thousands of residents who are evacuating to the mountains to save their lives since there was a tsunami warning and their houses are damaged,” added Hamdan.

ACT’s Response

Since the day of the disaster, the volunteers of MRI-ACT immediately rushed to the affected areas to carry out an initial assessment and distribute the most urgent aid. Sahri Mewar from ACT Maluku Program Team said that other humanitarian assistance will follow to help the survivors.

“MRI volunteers and ACT team are already stand by at the disaster affected areas to help the survivors and distribute the humanitarian aid,” explained Sahri, Sunday (6/20/2021).[]