A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Sigli in Aceh Province, Indonesia, on Wednesday, and Direct Relief is working to coordinate shipments to the region.
Local authorities are currently reporting nearly 100 dead with more feared trapped under rubble. More than 45,000 people have been displaced as a result.
Direct Relief emergency response staff are working with the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance, known as the AHA Center, and local partner organization Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center.
Direct Relief connected with AHA Center officials hours after Wednesday’s earthquake struck and provided information on available supplies and the estimated time of delivery to Aceh.
Last month, Direct Relief signed an agreement with the AHA Center to provide prepositioned emergency medical supplies next year for ASEAN’s collective response to local disasters.
Direct Relief participated in an AHA Center disaster training exercise last week in Brunei.
As the prepositioning program gets underway, Direct Relief is reaching out to local partners in the region and is ready to deliver supplies upon request.
Direct Relief has been active in the region for more than a decade, having responded to the 2004 tsunami that impacted Indonesia and surrounding countries.
Disaster response staff will continue to monitor the situation as it develops in the next 24 to 48 hours.