CRS Positioned to Respond to Indonesia Earthquake

In the wake of this morning’s 8.2-magnitude earthquake off the southern coast of Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, CRS staff in Indonesia is in touch with partners and communities in the area.

People gather outside a hospital in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, after an earthquake in this September 12, 2007 video grab. Photo by Reuters/Reuters TV.

 Rich Balmadier, CRS Indonesia country director, is monitoring the situation from Jakarta:

“We have partners and programming in these areas and are positioned to respond.  We’ve reached some of our key partners and are trying to reach other partner staff.  In some cases, we can’t get through, which is worrisome,” he said.

CRS, which has worked in Indonesia for 50 years, has an office in Medan in Sumatra, in addition to four other areas of the country (Jakarta, Kupang, Yogyakarta, Meulaboh and Banda Aceh). 

Some of our key emergency Jakarta-based staff are scheduled for flights to Medan in the morning.  Based on assessments that come in, CRS’ emergency team will respond with support to meet the areas of greatest need.

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