SURABAYA. The 7.4 SR earthquake that occurred in Donggala on Friday, September 28, 2018 caused a tsunami in Donggala, Palu and Sigi in Central Sulawesi. As a result, 2,073 people died, 10,678 people were injured and 82,775 people were forced to flee. Therefore, Rumah Zakat as one of the humanitarian agencies immediately sent volunteers and sent aid from the first day of the disaster.
“45 evacuation teams and 11 medical teams have been sent to Palu. We also previously sent 8 logistical aid trucks to the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami, “explained Murni Alit Baginda, Chief Program Officer of Rumah Zakat.
On Wednesday (10/17) Rumah Zakat again sent 7 logistical aid trucks consisting of Superqurban packages, rice, refugee tents, clothing, food ingredients and other logistical needs.
“We will send 30 tons of corned beef and rendang Superqurban packages, where for the initial stage we send 50,000 packages first,” Murni explained.
“5 aid trucks were sent through the port of Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, while the other 2 trucks were sent from Gorontalo and Jakarta. So the total aid that has been sent is 13 trucks, “she added.
Not only in the form of logistical assistance, Rumah Zakat has opened emergency classes for children, public kitchen posts, health services, clinical cars, ambulances, fresh posts, warm posts and also built temporary shelters along with joint volunteers in Petobo Atas , Palu.
STAGE OF DISASTER HANDLING ACTION FOR PALU
To assist the government in handling disasters in Central Sulawesi starting from the emergency response phase, to the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase, Rumah Zakat made the stages of disaster management actions in Central Sulawesi, adjusted to the conditions and needs in the field.
“In the initial phase of this emergency response, Rumah Zakat sent a rapid reaction team to focus on assisting the evacuation process, conducting medical services, distributing logistics, and opening public kitchen services, as well as sending ambulances and clinic cars,” said Nur Efendi, CEO of Rumah Zakat.
Following the second week of the emergency response phase, disaster management prepared services for evacuation posts, emergency mosques, communal toilets and psychosocial services as an initial stage for preparing emergency schools. In the transition phase of the emergency response to the reconstruction rehabilitation phase, we will start establishing temporary housing, implementing emergency schools, and continue to provide health services.
“In the future, we plan to establish empowered villages with integrated empowerment programs in the fields of economics, education, health and the environment, so that affected people can return to their lives as before the disaster,” concluded Efendi.
Yadi Mulyadi / Lailatul Istikhomah