Victims of the earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok receive EU support

Economy - published on 08 August 2018
Source: European Commission Press Office
The European Commission is closely following through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism the impact of the
strong earthquakes that struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in late July and in early August that displaced thousands of people. The EU’s emergency Copernicus Satellite mapping system has been activated to help the Indonesian civil protection authorities and the first maps
have already been delivered.
The Commission is also allocating a first emergency assistance of €150 000 to provide to the most affected communities. The aid will directly benefit 4 000 people in the worst hit districts of East
Lombok and North Lombok.
This initial EU funding supports the Indonesian Red Cross Society in delivering life-saving support to the most vulnerable through the distribution of emergency shelter material and relief items,
such as tarpaulins, blankets, mattresses, family kits and hygiene parcels. The assistance also ensures access to clean water, good hygiene services, basic health care, as well as psychological
support to the affected families.
To contribute to the restoration of livelihoods, targeted individuals will also receive unconditional cash grants to help them to recover and increase their resilience to future shocks. In
addition, the EU Delegation in Jakarta formed a consular protection group which organised an EU/Schengen Consular Desk
at the airport in Lombok. The group is formed by representatives of the EU Delegation and embassies of ES, FR, IE, IT, NL, SE and UK. The group so far assisted around 1 000 European citizens with
information, availability of flights, assistance in booking flights and access to waiting lists, assistance to injured people.

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