The earthquake that hit Padang in Indonesia on 30th September, didn’t last much longer than 30 seconds, yet in that time it managed to rip up roads, flatten whole villages and result in the deaths of over 1,100 people.
Rebuilding roads, school, bridges and people’s homes will take months, if not years. And that’s without considering that people have to return to their jobs – if they still exist, markets have to be re-established and people will have to feel safe enough to restart their lives without the fear that another massive earthquake will take everything away again.
The Caritas initial response was rapid: first teams went immediately to assess the damage, then member organisations started to send through staff and items such as tents, tarpaulins and food.
Caritas has increased the amount that it is appealing for to US $ 2,302,321.88 ( EUR 1,535,308) to help 110,000 people with shelter, 43,000 […]