MSF response to Indonesia earthquake

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale struck Indonesia on March 6, 2007.

A team of six arrived on March 7 in Pedang. The team is made up of a doctor, two nurses, one psychologist and two logisticians. The team arrived with five tons of medical supplies, non-food items and plastic sheeting.

In the affected areas, MSF is the only international organisation present at the moment. On the ground there is the Indonesian Red Cross.

Once arrived in Pedang, the team divided itself in three and they already assessed the situation in four areas: Kota Padan Panjang, Kota Solok, Payakumbuh and Kota Bukittinggi

The most affected district, in terms of wounded, is Kota Bukittinggi. There, MSF started support with medical donations to the local hospital that has been severely damaged and where around 100 severely injured (mainly fractures and abdominal injuries) are hospitalised.

The team is also preparing a distribution of plastic sheeting to create temporary shelters, hygiene kits and cooking sets.

At the moment, people are afraid to go back home and they sleep in front of their houses. No displaced camps have been set up so far.