Al-Imdaad Foundation
30 Apr 2020

Mount Merapi in Indonesia Erupts Causing Havoc


31 Oct 2010

Yet another natural disaster to have hit Indonesia, the Mount Merapi Volcano which erupted on the 26th of October 2010 displaced over 400 000 people killing over 200. Indonesia, a country prone to natural disasters lies on the pacific ring of fire and plays host to around 130 active volcanoes . Mount Merapi, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes lies in one of the world’s most densely populated areas. Having previously registered an office in Indonesia during the infamous Tsunami of 2004, The Al Imdaad Foundation mobilised its regional office and responded immediately following the initial eruption. After a detailed assessment was completed and the need of the people ascertained, an emergency relief package was prepared. A relief team comprising of individuals from our South African office together with personnel and volunteers from our Indonesian office began a well planned relief operation to assist those displaced by the explosive volcano. Huge plumes of smoke and deadly toxic ash clouded the horizon presenting logistical challenges making it difficult to work within the area. Indonesian authorities set up a no-go zone close to the erupting volcano and the AIF team was one of the only NGO’s allowed to enter. Travelling through salak plantations in the heat being released by the burning ash, the extent of the damage caused by the volcano became evident. Certain villages were completely buried in the smouldering volcanic ash and acres upon acres of Salak Plantations (A palm tropical fruit native to Merapi) and the livelihood of many staying around the vicinity, were destroyed. Having being granted full access to many camps, schools, community centres and musjids that were housing the 400 000 IDP’s, The Al Imdaad Foundation distributed family hygiene kits, medication, baby food, blankets, dust mats, prayer mats and other much needed relief aid within a 10 km radius around the erupting volcano. Approximately 25 000 IDP’s have benefitted from AIF’s relief aid at the following distribution points:  Wonocatur  Semen Village  Sostromenduran  Kebun Dalem Lor  Masjid Al Mutaqum  Prambanan  APMD Sostromendut  Condongcatur  Dusun Gemer  BMP Gamping  Dolanan Nyemplak  Tlogo Wono  Pedukuhan Daleman  Mungkit AIF is also part of a working committee with regards to the Mount Merapi relief efforts where information etc. is shared. This committee comprises of different UN agencies, INGO’s and NGO’s.

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