Tragically, Indonesia has been hit in recent days with a series of devastating natural disasters. There is not yet a call for CWS staff to join government-led response activities. But we are monitoring the situation and are ready to help in partnership with ACT Indonesia Forum member. As of Sunday evening, January 17th, the death toll from the earthquake in West Sulawesi had climbed to 56, with hundreds more injured. According to the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, about 15,000 people were displaced by the earthquake. The ACT Indonesia Forum is preparing a request for Rapid Response Funds (RRF). Requesting members will likely be YEU and Pelkesi.
Separately, floods in South Kalimantan and North Sulawesi have killed 5 and displaced over 100,000 people. It is the peak of the rainy season, and landslides in West Java killed 28. Also, Java’s tallest (12,000-foot) volcano, Mt. Semeru erupted (again) on Saturday. The area is not densely populated, so no evacuations were ordered. Finally, new COVID19 cases passed 14,000 on Saturday, January 16th. The CWS leadership team is tracking this number closely already and will add tracking of the three natural disasters cited.