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Drew Kampion has sent this update on the Mentawi situation.
Padang, Indonesia – 26 October 2010
SurfAid staff member missing as Mentawai tsunami toll rises
SurfAid’s Tom Plummer and other assessment teams spent yesterday surveying the damage in villages along the tsunami affected areas of North Pagai and South Pagai.
Villages in the area have either been completely destroyed or suffered significant damage.
One of our Indonesian staff members from Pasapuat village, Pagai South is reported to be missing. The organization is intensifying its efforts to respond to the disaster and reports coming in from the field continue to tell a grim tale.
The village of Sabeugungung has been completely wiped out, with 50 dead and 150 missing presumed dead. Sikakap hospital is overflowing with over 200 people seeking assistance.
Late yesterday SurfAid sent out 1000 shelter kits, 500 building kits and 500 hygiene kits on the charter boat “Huey” which will head for Sikakap.
The charter boat, Barrenjoey, has delivered the first batch of blankets, tarpaulins, floormats, towels, 40 water containers, and rope to the village of Bosua. Captain John McGroder reported that in the village of Bosua 10 residents are dead, one is still missing, while 78 houses have been destroyed.
Assessments and emergency supply deliveries will continue today.
SurfAid CEO Andrew Judge met the Indonesian Vice President Bapak Boediono, and presented SurfAid’s response plan. SurfAid is liaising with Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the Indonesian disaster management authority, to provide whatever support and assistance is needed.
The Mentawai Tsunami Appeal has been set up and people can donate at: www.surfaidinternational.org
Australian donors can also call 1800 257 957
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This was forwarded to me from Drew Kampion:
Dear friends, family and fellow surfers,
As you might have heard a large earthquake struck off the Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra at 10:pm last night 25OCT10 geberating a large Tsunami that blasted into the Archipelago. Tsunami reports are still coming in, but a number of boats are missing, and I can tell you that at least two surf charter boats have been destroyed. We are all very concerned about the disappearance of the Macaroni’s resort and of the many smaller villages that have been erased. It seems Sikikap has been particularly wounded.
We are in Padang and we have assembled a Last Mile Operations team, chartered a boat and will be setting sail immediately to the Southern region of the Mentawai, closest to the epicenter where the damage is the most horrendous. On board we will be carrying vital aid and medicine and will be capable of operating an on board clinic and of carrying out Emergency evacuation if necessary.
Of course, Donations are badly needed. At this point we are doing this on credit cards.
Please, if you can find it in your hearts to help, know that you are pinpointing your donations to exactly where they need to be. There are two ways to do it.
1. Paypal email@example.com
2. Direct deposit:
Matt George/Last Mile Operations
Bank of America
Marina Del Rey, Ca. 90292
Routing: (Electronic) 121000358
Thank you for your help, I will stay in touch with all and give you updates whenever I can.
SURFER Magazine/SERF Academy/Last Mile Operations
Director of Field Operations