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Earthquake Struck Indonesia Again!

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sep 13, 2007 – 10:06 PM | Read 1206 times

Letter from Rev P Simanjuntak, Ephorus of Protestant Christian Church in Mentawai (GKPM)

Wednesday Sept 12 at 18.10 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck Bengkulu, which is along the Sumatran coast – parallel with Mentawai island. The earthquake was strongly felt in Padang and Mentawai island

This first earthquake has resulted in a small tsunami about 1 -1.5 meter high in Mentawai. Some houses located in the coastal area were overflowed by water in Sikakap and almost all residents fled for higher ground, which is not quite far from villages. The earthquake has also damaged electricity and communication, telephone connections.

Thursday morning at 07.00 another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Jambi, southern part of Sumatra, which was also very strongly felt in Mentawai.

Many houses in the coastal area have been destroyed and some damaged including some schools, churches and mosques. Some roads and bridges in Sikakap can no longer be used. The harbour was destroyed in Sikakap and residents fled for higher ground. People need tent, medicine, electricity (lighting), blanket and food.

Almost 50% of government buildings were destroyed in Tuapejat and some residents home were also badly damaged. The people here fled about 4 kms from the coast to higher ground. The government had provided tents and limited food.

Some houses and school buildings (elementary, junior and senior high schools buildings) in South Siberut were also destroyed and all residents fled from the area. Tents, lighting, food and medicine are very much in need in Mentawai but government provision were delayed due to bad weather conditions. Supports from army, navy, air-force are now to be expected.

We have asked all pastors in their respective areas to collect some earthquake data to enable us to update you on the situation as soon as possible.

These are some of the information we can share with you at this time. May the Lord always protect us, and please kindly pray for us in Mentawai.

With our greetings and prayers,

Ephorus of GKPM (Protestant Christian Church in Mentawai)
Rev P Simanjuntak, STh

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