Read about Stephanie's experiences on our MAF UK overseas blog.
Other parts of Indonesia has been hit in recent weeks by natural disasters, including a tsunami near Sumatra, ongoing volcanic activity on Java and severe flooding in Papua.Three-metre wave
The official death toll from the recent tsunami now stands at 431 people, with a further 88 still missing. Some islands to the west of mainland Sumatra were worst affected.
Our team in Sumatra has received flight approvals for the affected area and is standing by, should MAF flights become necessary. There may, however, be no useable airstrips in the area worst affected.
Around 150 people were killed and hundreds more injured in Wasior, western Papua when torrential rains triggered landslides and flash flooding.
Local church leaders rallied together to make a plan to help people affected by the flooding. Pilot Steve Richards flew a delegation of local church leaders and Christian businessmen from Jakarta into Wasior to hand out food and blankets. The churches are trying to partner to provide a counselling service to the victims of the flooding and any necessary supplies such as pots, pans and clothes many of which were lost completely in the flood. With its close approximation to the sea, much of the aid can go by boat.
Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most volatile volcano, has claimed nearly 100 lives in recent weeks. Around 75,000 people in Java have now been evacuated in the volcano's sphere of influence. The volcano continues to erupt and could continue to do so for several more weeks or months.
Java has a stronger infrastructure than some other parts of Indonesian archipelago, and is where Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, is located. There have been no requests for our services there.
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