The first magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Lombok early in the morning of 29th July.
A week later on 5th August a stronger and more destructive 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook the area again.
Four days later the area was again rocked by a 5.9 magnitude shock in addition to hundreds of aftershocks.
According to the Indonesian Government in the affected areas:
Humanitarian Assistance is required for
Disaster Aid Australiahas been assessing the needs and appropriate response to assist the Indonesian people recover from this major disaster..
We propose partnering with Disaster Aid Malaysia and working with Districts 3300, 3420, the Rotary Clubs of Kuta, Singapore, Johore Centennial, Indonesian agencies and others.
Our Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) members are looking to provide 'Smart Aid' to help communities rebuild their homes and shattered lives.
We have been advised that the Indonesian Goverment, at this time, have requested no involvement by International Aid Agencies in the Earthquake Response.
We respect this decision of the Indonesian Goverment and have currently put any plans for deployment to this Disaster on hold.
We will continue to monitor the situation and remain ready to respond if our assistance is needed in the future.
Our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw have been busy.
They have recently returned from installing a Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrant in Barangay Banbanon on the island of Mindanao.
Although our project has the title 'Safe Water for Every Child' a whole community benefits from the SkyHydrant.
Safe water in a convenient location really helps; women with young children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
The Barangay Diatagon in Lianga, Surigao del Sur has been affected by armed conflict.
As a result over 1200 people have been dispaced and in desparate need of shelter and safe drinking water.
Our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw immediatly acted,
They are working in partnership with local government, government and other non goverment organisations to respond to the communities needs
Part of the reponse has been the installation of a Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrant to keep people safe from water borne disease.
Safe drinking water, a basic human right.
As part of the Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) Safe Water Bhutan 2020 project a DAA team carried out training in Tsirang, Bhutan.
The training topics included:
The DAA training team consisted of Brian Ashworth Director, and Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) members Dianne Holland and Peter Collins.
Assistance with translations by Department of Education Officials, and Sonam Tshering of Druk Water Solution, was an important factor in getting the messages across.
The DAA team and our partner the Rotary Club of Thimpu were delighted with the interest of the participants which was demonstrated by their many thoughful questions and discussions between sessions.
The first day of training was for a total of 75 students ranging from senior engineers to school caretakers.
Following the initial day, two days of 'hands on' training was carried out for the installation teams so they could get a better understanding of the practical problems of installations.
Having trained effective installation teams funded by the Bhutan Goverment will ensure the Safe Water Bhutan 2020 project is carried out as effectivly as possible.