For Immediate Release
Jakarta – In response to the devastating earthquake that struck central Aceh on July 2, United States Ambassador Scot Marciel has offered $100,000 in humanitarian assistance to support emergency response efforts there. The assistance will be provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, working in coordination with the Government of Indonesia-led emergency response in the province to address immediate needs.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to those affected by the terrible earthquake in Bener Meriah and Aceh Tengah, ” said Ambassador Marciel. “I was touched when the people of Aceh reached out with condolences after the recent tornadoes in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. In the same spirit of friendship, we offer our help in this time of need.”
The United States’ contribution will be made through the International Organization for Migration, which will coordinate efforts with the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in the province. This assistance will support local procurement and distribution of emergency relief supplies, including materials that will help affected people to return home. In addition to the support provided by the US government, AmCham Indonesia will coordinate disaster response efforts from American companies based in Indonesia.
The earthquake that struck on July 2 caused widespread destruction of buildings, especially in the hardest hit districts of the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, with 40 casualties and displacing more than 22,000 people.
The United States government continues to work in close cooperation with Indonesia to prepare and respond to natural disasters. In the last decade, USAID has helped respond to flooding in Jakarta in 2013, Ambon in 2012, the eruption of Mount Merapi in 2010, the 2009 Padang earthquake, the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake and the 2004 tsunami in Aceh.
USAID is the U.S. government agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world.
Last updated: August 20, 2014