Death toll from Indonesia quake, tsunami crosses 2,000: UN

Death toll from Indonesia quake, tsunami crosses 2,000: UN

The death toll from the series of devastating earthquakes, tsunami and landslides in Indonesia on 28 September has risen to 2,010, with around 10,700 seriously injured and nearly 700 still reported missing, according to UN agencies on Tuesday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the humanitarian response is being scaled up by UN agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the Indonesian Red Cross, to support government-led response targeting 191,000 of the most vulnerable, with shelter, food, clean water and other life-saving assistance.

UN agencies, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Food Program (WFP), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are providing urgent assistance to survivors, in line with the Indonesian government's priorities.

According to UN News, shortly after the disaster, the OCHA-managed Central Emergency Response Fund allocated $15 million to support humanitarian activities on the ground, in particular, those laid out in the response plan, prepared by the UN in collaboration with the government. The plan calls for $50.5 million to reach 191,000 of the worst-affected women, children and men.

Source: International Islamic News Agency