MAF Sulawesi earthquake response update

Published: 30 Oct 2018

MAF Sulawesi earthquake response update

A month on from the devastating quake which claimed 2,077 lives, and left 4,400 people with serious injuries, Yayasan MAF Indonesia and Helivida are continuing to provide access to parts of the island where roads remain blocked.

To date Yayasan MAF Indonesia and Helivida have assisted with 163 flights carrying 28,293 kg freight and 446 passengers to 37 different locations.

Conditions for the villages of central Sulawesi continue to be challenging according to MAF's Rick Emenaker, and road travel in many places is completely impossible.  

'There's only one road south and it's cut off by landslides. Numerous other roads go off this road so this has cut off the southern part of Central Sulawesi.'

'There's eight big slides through an 8-10 kilometre section of this road. Whole mountainsides are down all over the place.

‘The sheer scale of the task and the impending wet season are hampering efforts to reopen the roads.

‘They're trying to open it, but there's one excavator trying to move it, and as soon as there's any shaking or rain it comes down again. My assessment is that it could be months before it's really open.'

On Friday 26 October spent 6.2 hours in the air and completed 15 landings. ‘We transported two teams of doctors out in the morning and then back in the afternoon,’ MAF’s Brent Palmer explained.

‘We picked up one team and brought them back after having been in the village a few days. We flew three flights with relief supplies, two into interior villages and one to the central Ethnos360 distribution point.’

The Ethnos360 distribution centre was set up as central point where villages can come to receive provisions. Yayasan MAF Indonesia Helivida team is flying food, medical supplies, sanitary items, and other necessities to this distribution point and have become the main supply chain for this area.

Indonesia’s national disaster management agency report that 68,000 homes have been damaged and more than 211,000 people are displaced, and 1,075 people are still missing.