by Loren Hyatt
At 2:37 p.m. local time on Tuesday, July 2, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northern Sumatra’s Aceh Province in Indonesia. Following the initial quake, the Government of Indonesia Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency reported at least two aftershocks of magnitudes 5.5 and 5.3 on July 2.
The earthquake resulted in an estimated 30 deaths, injuries to approximately 275 people and damage to 4,375 buildings, including houses, health centers, schools, mosques and office buildings. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that 26,000 people felt very strong shaking as a result of the earthquake while an estimated 10.6 million people felt weak shaking.
One of the areas hit hardest by the earthquake is Bener Meriah District, where LWR currently has an agriculture project with coffee cooperatives that aims to empower local farmers to improve the quality and quantity of coffee production. LWR’s cooperative partners reported structural damage to cooperative buildings, as well as varying degrees of damage to farmer housing in the 21 villages in which LWR works.
How is LWR Responding?
As rescue and aid teams work to provide life-saving assistance, LWR staff are preparing to travel to earthquake-affected areas. On July 5, two LWR staff arrived to Bener Meriah to conduct a rapid needs assessment. LWR also plans to continue to coordinate with its cooperative partners in impacted areas for situation updates. Following its assessment, LWR will determine how to best provide help to populations in need.
How You Can Help
- Pray: Please join LWR in praying for the people of Aceh Province and those who work to bring them relief.
- Quilts & Kits: LWR is also accepting donations of Quilts and Kits to be sent around the world to people in need. Click here to learn how to donate LWR Quilts and Kits.
- Give: LWR is accepting gifts for emergencies around the world. Please use this link to give an unrestricted gift, to be used where needs are greatest, or mail a check or money order to: Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061, USA.
For more information on the earthquake and LWR’s response, please read our Situation Report.