Mentawais Earthquake and Tsunami aid appeal launched (26/10/2010 21:24:11)
Author: A1 Surf
Around 10pm local time yesterday (Monday 25 October) an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale occurred just south of the Mentawai Islands
, sending a three meter tsunami
through parts of the island chain.
According to reports, there have been over 130 people killed and at the time of writing the surf charter boat Southern Cross and it's crew are still missing.
Here's an update from SurfAid
International, who have set up an appeal immediately. Our thoughts go out to anyone affected in the area...
International is launching and an emergency appeal in response to the devastating tsunami
that hit the Mentawai Islands
, off West Sumatra, Indonesia
Reports of extensive damage and loss of life continue to filter in and SurfAid
is conducting search, assessment and response operations.
We are coordinating with the Mentawai District government, District Disaster Management (BPBD) and surf charter boats. NZAID has provided us with funds to undertake a rapid assessment and initial response and are liaising with the office of the Indonesian Vice President.
The Southern Cross with 8 passengers and boat captain (all Australians) and one Japanese surf guide Akinori who were reported missing since yesterday morning, were confirmed safe and they are now heading to Sikakap to meet with a locally based emergency response team and other surfers. It’s a big relief for many friends and relatives of everyone on board.
We are also working with other charter boats in the islands and sending a plane out to search and assess the damage today, with possibilities of sending out first batch of basic supplies of tarpaulins, blankets, towels, water container, floor mat, and ropes.
staff are heading out at 5 am today for Pagai Utara to undertake the assessment but bad weather is hampering travel.
Charter boats Barrenjoey and Sibex are heading to the affected areas with emergency supplies.
You can donate here and in Australia
you can call 1 800 257 957
We are a small organization which is based in the Mentawai Islands
and need funding for search, assessment and response.
Photo: Macaroni's - one of the surf spots hit by the tsunami
Photo (c) SurfAid
International - Nathan Smith/Quiksilver
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