Save the Children-Through Local Partner-Responds to Indonesia Earthquake as Aftershocks Continue

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Aug. 6, 2018)—In the immediate aftermath of the deadly 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, Silverius Tasman, from Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik, a partner of Save the Children in Indonesia, said:

"There were a significant number of aftershocks throughout the night so our staff on the ground are scared and traumatized—not to mention the children living on the island who have now experienced their second earthquake in a week.

"Despite the tsunami threat being removed, people are still confused and fleeing in fear. Across Lombok there is no power, which is making communications challenging.

"The epicenter of the quake was quite close to our office, which is badly damaged—as was one staff member's home. One colleague counted eight out of 10 homes badly or completely damaged in one part of the island. 

"It's quite clear the death toll will increase in the coming days as authorities continue to conduct search and rescue operations. 

"During all emergencies, children are the most vulnerable and we hold concerns for their safety, security and overall wellbeing. Their particular needs must be taken into account as agencies and the government respond in the aftermath of this disaster.

"We have launched a response and are sending supplies. We will continue to help children in the immediate vicinity to make sure they are safe and protected during this difficult time.”

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