PMI Propinsi DKI Jakarta

It has been over a week since the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and associated tsunami hit the central coastal area of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.  The humanitarian impact of the twin disasters is still being calculated, but the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) noted on Friday (5 Oct) that the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi Province has now reached 1,649 people.  The death toll includes 1,413 victims in Palu and 159 victims in Donggala, the two hardest-hit population centers.Macintosh HD:Users:Rod:Desktop:PMI_DKI_Jakarta:2018-09_Sulawesi:News_Articles:20181004_News_Article:efd9f09d-25ca-479f-bde7-6f977ec81e29_enhanced.jpg

BNPB also reports 2,549 people have been treated for serious injuries.  It is estimated that 265 people are still missing and 152 people may still be buried in debris and mud.

The earthquake and tsunami have displaced an estimated 62,359 people, causing a humanitarian crisis in the region, according to BNPB.

In response, the Jakarta Chapter of the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia DKI Jakarta) has mobilized and deployed an initial 47-member disaster response team, consisting of 11 women and 36 men, to the devastated region.  The team includes 4 doctors, 6 nurses and 1 physiotherapist. Collectively, the team is trained in the evacuation and management of casualties, first aid & ambulance, disaster assessment, logistics & distribution of relief supplies, psychosocial support programs (PSP), restoring family links (RFL), public kitchen management and public relations.

The team’s journey to Palu was not easy, as most of the region’s transportation infrastructure has been damaged by the disasters.  In the end, the journey by air and bus, undertaken by the majority of the team, took approximately 26 hours to complete. And, it was not without its logistical concerns and need for vigilance to ensure the team’s safety.


The team began their journey from Jakarta in 5 separate groups, as detailed below.C:\Users\Lenovo\Downloads\PMI DKI (6).jpg

On Wednesday (3 Oct) the DKI Jakarta Response Coordinator, Mr. Oktariadi, left ahead of the rest of the team.  He flew from Jakarta to the port city of Makassar, located in the Southwest section of the island. He then continued on to Palu with team members from the PMI National Headquarters.

A 5-member group departed Jakarta on a flight to Makassar on Thursday (4 Oct).  Four of these team members then boarded a ship bound for Palu with several DKI Jakarta vehicles, including an ambulance, 2 trucks and a motorcycle.  They have also arrived safely in Palu. The 5th team member remained behind with one additional truck to accompany the rest of the team arriving in Makassar the next day.
The remainder of the team was split into 3 groups and made separate flights from Jakarta to Makassar on Friday (5 Oct).  Once all three groups arrived, and joined with the truck and driver from the previous day, they boarded a bus bound for Palu.  They had to carry extra fuel with them, as supplies are scarce the closer you get to the disaster zone. There was word of looters along the route, so the team remained cautious as they made their way along.  They arrived safely in Palu and have begun their work.

 The team immediately began working with other Red Cross and Red Crescent members deployed to Palu to plan out their collaborative missions.Macintosh HD:Users:Rod:Desktop:PMI_DKI_Jakarta:2018-09_Sulawesi:News_Articles:20181004_News_Article:PSP_Qatar_enhanced.jpg

On Sunday, The DKI Jakarta team was dispersed to three separate locations (Donggala, Palu and Sigi) based on their specialized training and the specific disaster response needs of each location.

PMI DKI Jakarta welcomes your financial support to continue to aid in their disaster response and disaster recovery efforts.  Please visit the following website for details on how you can donate to these efforts:


Story Author: Rodney A. Thomas (PMI DKI Jakarta volunteer)

Photo Credits: TBD (PMI NHQ) and TBD (PMI DKI Jakarta)