Three Months After the Earthquake, Maluku Earthquake Victims Still Stay in Evacuation Sites.

Since the earthquake last September, to date, thousands of evacuees still say inside the camps due to their damaged houses and fear for the aftershocks.

Three Months After the Earthquake, Maluku Earthquake Victims Still Stay in Evacuation Sites.' photo
Based on data collected by the Aksi Cepat Tanggap team, there are still more than 7 thousand evacuees in camps scattered across Maluku, including in Waai Village. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, CENTRAL MALUKU - The first week in December 2019 marked the third month after the earthquake that rocked Maluku. Although three months have passed, there are still many residents who stay in campsites. In Waai Village, Salahutu District, Central Maluku Regency, for example, many choose to stay in the tents because their houses have not been rebuilt, and they are still deeply traumatized.

Based on data collected by the Aksi Cepat Tanggap team, there are still more than 7 thousand evacuees in camps scattered across Maluku, including in Waai Village. The campsites were set up on plantations or high hills. Many of the locals fled to the hills for fear of the aftershocks. More than 2 thousand aftershocks have been recorded in Maluku until early December.

Topy Kalae, one of the evacuees, said that he and his family were forced to flee due to trauma. His house was damaged by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake last September. However, living in evacuation sites for three months has been quite difficult. "The tarpaulin tents began to leak a lot, especially since the rainy season begins," said Topy, Friday (12/6).

ACT Maluku Branch Manager Wahab Loilatu said that the evacuees are very vulnerable to various diseases. Not only because of the water, but also because of the unsanitary conditions inside the camps. "The evacuees are hoping for house renovation aid because most of the evacuees’ houses were damaged and uninhabited," Wahab explained, Wednesday (12/11).

In late September 2019, Maluku was shaken by a fairy strong earthquake, severely damaging many houses. As a result, thousands of people were displaced, and thousands of aftershocks occurred after the main earthquake in late September.

Since the first day of the earthquake, ACT has responded by sending an evacuation team and food aid. Psychosocial assistance and medical services were also provided to displaced and traumatized residents. []

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