UNICEF on standby to support needs of children after Indonesia quake, 11 April 2012
Jakarta, 11 April 2012. A massive earthquake has struck off the west coast of Indonesia. While the extent of damage has yet to be ascertained, UNICEF Indonesia's immediate concerns are for the safety of children, who make up one-third of the population. The agency stands ready to support any requests for assistance should they arise.
In the aftermath of such emergencies, the main priorities are always to ensure that affected children and families have access to life-saving care including clean water, shelter and sanitation. In addition, as the population moves rapidly to seek safety, UNICEF will be monitoring any potential risk of children being separated from their families.
UNICEF has an offic in Banda Aceh, in the affected region. All staff are safe and well and ready to respond to any urgent needs if they arise.
UPDATE AS AT 2300 hrs JAKARTAUNICEF staff in Banda Aceh report that people are returning to their homes, now that tsunami warnings have been lifted. UNICEF will be contacting partners in coastal and outlying areas as communications improves, to assess the situation outside of the city of Banda Aceh itself. The agency remains ready to respond any needs that are identified for women and children.