Situation report 2

Situation report 2

A volunteer checks out the UNICEF coming truck at the posko (the center of distribution aid) at magelang, Central java, Indonesia on October 29, 2010. Mount Merapi, on the outskirts of the city of Yogyakarta on Java island, first erupted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, killing 33 peoples. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash. UNICEF responses to the disaster by distributing 4500 Hygiene kits, 4500 jerycans, 21 water bladders to the people of the affected areas.

Photo by Edy Purnomo/UNICEF

Volcano eruption at Mount Merapi

As of 28 October, the eruption has resulted in 30,000 displaced people.


UNICEF-supplied water storage bladders are off-loaded from a truck at the at the government’s central distribution point in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The truck is part of a first convoy of emergency supplies being provided to assist villagers affected by the eruption of Mount Merapi, which has led to the displacement of some 40,000 people. In this initial contribution, UNICEF is providing hygiene kits, jerrycans and water storage bladders for 4,5000 families.

UNICEF’s response

Following the rapid assessments, UNICEF sent the following requested supplies to Magelang District to benefit some 4,500 familieson 29 October.

  • 4,500 jerry cans
  • 4,500 family hygiene kits containing soap,
  • 14 static water bladders, each with a capacity of 5m3
  • 7 truck bladders, each with a capacity of 6m3

A consignment of school tents is being prepared ahead of a possible need to provide temporary classrooms while schools are used for evacuation centres.

Earthquake and tsunami inMentawai

Government authorities are currently confirming 282 casualties and around 400 people missing.

UNICEF’s response

UNICEF is deploying a senior national staff member to the affected area to oversee UNICEF cluster coordination efforts with the West Sumatra provincial authorities.
6,000 bed nets are being sent to protect families against malaria, as the Mentawai Islands are a malaria-endemic area.The national government is distributing family tents, blankets, mats, and ready to eat meals.


UNICEF is also working with the Indonesian Ministry of Health to ensure that breastfeeding mothers affected by both disasters are supported to continue caring for their infants and that donations of infant formula or other complementary foods are properly regulated to avoid risks to babies’ health.
Following advocacy from UNICEF,the Ministry of Health has issued a press statement reminding families of the importance of continued breastfeeding and indicating that strict controls over donations of formula and other complementary foods will be instigated.