A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi Province, Indonesia on Friday, January 15. As of 18 January, 84 people had been confirmed killed, 932 people injured, and about 40,000 people directly affected and displaced in Mamuju and Majene Districts. Heavy damages have been reported by both districts, including the Governor’s office, three hospitals and health facilities, eight mosques, two hotels, a bridge, and over 1,150 houses sustained damages. Initial reports estimate 99 schools were also damaged.
Americares staff in the region have been assessing partner activities to help guide our relief efforts. Americares is supporting our local partner YKP (Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan, or Women’s Health Foundation) with funding to procure materials necessary to set-up and operate four temporary centers to support maternal and child health in West Sulawesi. Based on assessments and priorities identified by the Ministry of Health, maternal and child health, as well as prevention of gender-based violence amongst the affected population, are priority response areas.
Indonesia is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire.” Americares has previously responded to a number of disasters in the country, the most recent – a large earthquake and tsunami in 2018.