Following the Sulawesi Earthquake the Indonesian Red Cross have been setting up Temporary Camps for the thousands of families that have lost their homes.
The camps will be home to the families of these children, and thousands more, for at least the next two years while the rebuilding of communities around the City of Palu goes ahead.
A vital part of keeping the families healthy during this period will be the availablity of clean drinking water.
Disaster Aid, in partnership with the Indonesian Red Cross, are planning to install ten Skyhydrants in the camps.
Each Skyhydrant water filter will be able to treat 10,000 litres of water a day removing dangerous bacteria.
Every unit will protect the health of 500 residents.
The photograph below shows the massive devastation in the Indonesian city of Palu where thousands of homes have been flattened.
Disaster Aid is on site with Disaster Aid Response Teams (DARTs) from both Disaster Aid Australia and Disaster Aid Malaysia.
Initially Disaster Aid Malaysia deployed emergency shelter packs.
We have now partnered with the Indonesian Red Cross who are planning to set up 8 temporary resettlement camps outside Palu.
The Indonesian Authorities believe these camps will be needed for at least 3 years while they work on the reconstruction of Palu .
We will be providing SkyHydrant water filters at each site to protect the health of all the residents.
These SkyHydrants, which can be installed for $5,000, will provide safe drinking water at the extremely low cost of under $5 per person for the next 3 years
The Mataram Rotary Club, Lombock hosted representatives from Disaster Aid Malaysia, Disaster Aid Australia and the Kuta Rotary Club to identify how to respond to the earthquake
Mataram city itself has been affected by the earthquake but the areas to the north have been devastated.
Most brick buildings are now rubble only and most concrete buildings have significant cracking to the main structure needing demolition.
The Rotary Club of Mataram has done a very good job of responding to the shelter needs of locals by working with international partners and the Indonesian Disaster Management Organisation BNBP.
Most water is accessed from small wells and springs often close to toilet septic tanks.
Many of the wells have been affected by the earthquake with reduced output or no water at all.
In several cases the failure was due to collapse of the well lining.
With additional use of the remaining toilets and damaged well linings there is increased risk of contamination of the well supply
One SkyHydrant Gem has been installed in the area we visited but a further 8 sites identified.
Soon after an Earthquake shook the Sulawesi region on Friday morning a 6m high Tsunami Wave hit Palu.
With a death toll from the two events rising beyond 1,000 this has been one of the deadliest disasters to hit Indonesia for many years.
Thousands of Homes have been swept away.
Tens of thousands are without shelter and safe water.
Disaster Aid International organisations and their local partners are already responding to major disasters in:
With the Indonesian Goverment calling for help Disaster Aid Organisations are setting up a response.
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