Emergency Appeal

Provide Aid to Victims of the Indonesia Earthquakes

Penny Appeal is providing immediate relief to the victims of the Lombok earthquake across various areas of health, hygiene, food, medical aid, and shelter. We need your help.

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The Facts & Figures

As of August 9th, 98 people had been killed with 230 individuals injured. An estimated 20,000 people have been displaced by the earthquake, and 80% of the region of North Lombok's infrastructure is damaged. We need your help.

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Have questions about our Campaign?

Below you'll find some FAQs about our campaign. If you have any more questions, please feel free to chat with our team.

What happened?
A powerful earthquake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, hit Lombok during the evening of Sunday 5 August. The epicentre was located on land, 22km northeast of North Lombok and was reported to have tsunami potential. Approximately 130 aftershocks have been measured since then, two of which have been reported to have had a magnitude above 5.2, sending fresh waves of panic among residents and tourists. The tsunami threat has since subsided, but given the country’s history and its susceptibility to natural disasters, the suggestion of a possible tsunami has caused chaos in Lombok and nearby islands, with thousands gathering on the overcrowded beaches in hope of evacuation.
What's the death toll of the Earthquake?
Since the earthquake hit on Sunday evening, 98 people have tragically lost their lives. This number is set to rise over the coming days, as rescue workers begin to dig through the rubble. Without the aid they so desperately need, this number could increase beyond measure, as the long-term effects of this disaster could have devastating consequences in terms of food security, water, sanitation, and health.
Are there any reported injuries?
A reported 230 individuals have been injured in the earthquake; however, the true number is not yet discernible, as power cuts to the area have left limited lighting to see the true extent of the devastation. Many buildings have been destroyed, including a mosque. Around 40 people were believed to have been inside the mosque when the earthquake hit, and authorities have resorted to digging by hand in their desperation to find survivors. The lack of lifting equipment is slowing efforts to reach those who have been injured, causing fear of further deaths among those who cannot be retrieved in time.
Are communications down?
The island’s power is still down and communication lines have been cut, making it impossible to find survivors.The number of missing is currently unknown, and families have been torn apart with no hope of finding each other as they are evacuated to safe areas.
What is needed?
The island is in severe need of medical aid, as emergency rooms are overflowing with patients, forcing doctors to treat the injured outside. The main hospital in North Lombok has been severely damaged, along with 80% of the regions infrastructure. An estimated 20,000 have been displaced by the earthquake, having lost their homes. Many others are too frightened to return to their houses due to the threat of further catastrophe.

Shelter is therefore an area of key priority, as those that have been displaced desperately need protection. Along with power and communication, water has also been reported to have been cut off, making this an area of acute need. Damage to the islands infrastructure means that sanitation facilities have been destroyed, posing dangerous risks to hygiene. Supplies are limited, particularly among those who have been displaced. The impact that the presence of these refugees will have on their new host communities and their supplies and infrastructure is yet to be established.

There have been reports from survivors that the island is in chaos, with a severe shortage of food. The locals are frantic, and with the situation deteriorating rapidly, hope is dwindling fast. The victims and survivors of this terrible tragedy are in desperate need of food, water, shelter, and medical assistance. Without these, this disaster is certain to escalate beyond measure.
How does Penny Appeal plan to respond?
Penny Appeal is providing immediate relief to the victims of the Lombok earthquake across various areas of health, hygiene, food, medical aid, and shelter. We will be providing all of the basic essentials needed by those who have been affected by the disaster. Our partners are working through the National Disaster Coordination and we are considering deploying a team to the country to aid in relief efforts.

We will be providing aid across a variety of areas, providing immediate relief to those in need. The exact items that we will be provided are subject to change, as providing tailored support is at the heart of the Penny Appeal ethos. As such, we will be adopting a dynamic approach to ensure that we respond appropriately to each need, and are able to adapt our support to meet the changing needs of the crisis as it develops.