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On December 26, 2004, the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia was rocked by one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history. The tsunami that followed had a devastating affect on the region. Many small coastal towns were left inaccessible by road. In March 2005 a mega quake destroyed most of the infrastructure and over 80% of the buildings on Nias Island. On the 12th & 13th of September 2007, two mega quakes struck the Mentawai Islands and the coastline near Bengkulu with damage extending to Padang. In some villages over 80% of buildings were totally destroyed. Seismologists predict another mega quake/tsunami will strike the Siberut and Telos islands in the near future. Tens of thousands in communities are at risk and disaster mitigation programs are critical to their survival in the face of these inevitable natural events. ISLAND-AID is dedicated to supporting isolated communities on islands and along the west coast of Sumatra.
The objective is to save a great number of lives and alleviate awful suffering. Appropriate aid could avoid the mass evacuation of scores of towns and villages in remote locations. With the help of sponsors, Island Aid chartered KM Batavia and equipped her as a Mother-ship/mobile clinic. For the first 2 weeks after the Aceh tsunami we also supported smaller craft to land in inaccessible places along the west coast of Sumatra and the islands where people have not had any assistance since the earthquake. Batavia was taken off hire after an intense 115 days of non-stop relief operations. Our fleet of smaller boats has been delivering aid since. Our new mother ship will be ready for service in Dec 2007. The most isolated communities are almost always the hardest hit and the need for long term support is critical.
- Rick Cameron
- +1 415 272 9100
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