Caritas assessing damage in Indonesia.
Caritas Australia’s local partners are commencing assessments following the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck, 115km (70 miles) south-west of Tasikmalaya off Western Java.
“Our local network headed by the Indonesian Caritas agency Karina is already preparing to respond with tarpaulins and tens”, said Caritas CEO Jack de Groot.
“At least 42 people are reported dead and the toll is expected to rise as at least another 40 people in the district of Cianjur are missing due to a landslide following the tremors”, said Caritas Australia’s CEO Jack de Groot.
“Our partner Karina, is conducting assessments and are reporting extensive damage in Cilacap District where hundreds of buildings have collapsed, in Bandung District, many houses and buildings have been destroyed and damaged at Langensari village and Lembang market.
“Despite the devastation, Caritas Australia who has two staff currently in Java, is pleased to report they are unharmed. We are also working to verify the safety of all partners in the affected areas but to this stage have had no reports of partners or the communities we work with being severely affected”, said Mr de Groot.
Caritas Australia is accepting donations to the Indonesia Emergency Appeal.
You can support the Caritas Australia Indonesia Emergency Appeal by calling 1800 024 413 or online at www.caritas.org.au