EUs relief fund for Lombok earthquakes reaches US $1.4 million

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The European Union (EU) will offer an additional US $570,000 in assistance to victims of the Lombok earthquakes, adding to its earlier EU contribution of 1.25 million Euro, which now reaches US $1,4 million.

The EU announced that it would contribute an extra US $570,000 to scale up its support of the earthquake-affected people in Lombok, after the initial funding of US $170,000 earlier this month.

EU member states, the Netherlands and Spain, have also donated US $570,000 and US $114,000, respectively, to Indonesia, bringing the total EU aid to US $1,4 million.

“We stand by the Indonesian people affected by the recent earthquakes in Lombok,” EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said. He noted that the additional contribution will ensure that the most vulnerable among the victims have the means to cope during this difficult time.

According to the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian and Operations, the EU humanitarian funding will assist the relief efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), directly benefiting 80,000 vulnerable people in the worst-hit North East and West Lombok districts, and reuniting families separated by the earthquakes.

The EU aid comes from the Acute Large Emergency Response Tool (ALERT), which provides humanitarian relief to sudden-onset large-scale emergencies or humanitarian crises.

According to a latest update from Indonesias National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 10 days after the magnitude 7 earthquake struck Lombok on Aug 5, the number of fatalities has climbed to 460. BNPB also recorded that 7,773 people were injured, 417,529 people are displaced, and 71.962 houses were damaged.

Source: ANTARA News