In response to the Tsunami in Sunda Strait, Indonesia, following an eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano, Fransisca Fitri, Country Director for ActionAid Indonesia said:
“Indonesia is still reeling from the tsunami and earthquake that hit Sulawesi three months ago. It’s shocking to end the year grappling with the aftermath of yet another emergency caused by a tsunami. It’s been a terrible year for natural disasters.
“ActionAid Indonesia has an on-going programme in Serang, one of the districts affected by tsunami, through a partner organization. We are assessing the needs in the worst affected areas and our capacity to respond.
“The reported death toll and injury rate is rising and we know that, even if families are lucky enough to escape or survive the tidal waves, their homes and livelihoods will have been washed away. The number of severely damaged houses is reported to exceed 400 so far and we expect this to increase as the damage is uncovered.
“ActionAid Indonesia responded to the Sulawesi tsunami in September, bringing the worst affected communities temporary shelter, electricity generators and solar lamps. We also distributed food, water, blankets, nappies and sanitary kits for women.”