The recent earthquake and tsunami in the Mentawai’s has had devestating effects to the local people in an area much loved by surfers around the world, but particularly those of us in Australia and New Zealand. Here’s a few ways you can help give back…
After the Indonesian Government’s request for SurfAid to lead a comprehensive assessment of the Mentawai, SurfAid is scaling up its assessment work. On Wednesday night a team of 19 – a combination of three SurfAid staff, eight KOGAMI staff (a respected Padang based NGO) and eight Mentawaian volunteers, headed to Sikakap to do rapid assessments. Four experienced Rapid Assessors from the ASEAN Secretariat arrived in Padang last night and are heading to Sikakap today to join the SurfAid assessment teams. And SurfAid Program Manager Asrial is heading to Sikakap to coordinate with local BPBD in Sikakap.
The surf charter boats Mangalui, Addiction and Barrenjoey, and resort owner John Ocean, are also carrying out assessments of various villages in the Mentawai so that the response can efficiently target the much-needed emergency supplies.
You can donate via our website – www.surfaidinternational.org
From Australia you can also call 1 800 257 957
Chris scuzz Scurrah
take photos. Hopefully the Aid will see that this place has been flattened.
There is nothing left. People were sitting on crumpled concrete slabs with
their heads in their hands. People from Katiet (Lances Rights) were coming
and there were tears, hugs, and wailing. They had lost kids, wives, fathers.
The destruction was complete. Barrenjoey has already donated rice and
supplies from Surfaid. Can we do more?
Felt guilty surfing. Rounded up the passengers and asked if they would like
to help. They were all for it. So we went into the beach at Bintang and
helped them lift huge timber bearers out of the jungle that used to be the
bridge. We manhandled the beams into place. Then laid the timbers and Mr
Long went at it with the chainsaw. They had their bridge. Anything else? One
more bridge, no problem.
This one, we had to carry the bearers a lot further.
Anyway, the locals were stoked. We helped them replace 2 bridges in 2 hours.
All villages need tools. Everything has been washed away and is beneath
rubble. The 2 tsunamis washed about 200-300m inland and took everything in
Any boats heading out need to take basic tools (hammers, large nails, saws).
Tarpaulins, rope, blankets, drinking water, food. Medical supplies.From what
I can see, the Bintang coast looks like it has plenty of food. although the
stockpile i saw has to be distributed around 4 villages. They need to begin
re-building. there are police and navy guys from Tua Pejat helping. everyone
is scared of another tsunami.
Barrenjoey is now in the Thunders/Sikakp area. We are in communication with
Tom Plummer (Surfaid) who is on Huey. Our passengers are helping where they
can with basic manpower. We have the speedboat at anyone in need’s disposal.
Tom mentioned the Australian Government was donating money for some large
cargo boats to take aid out to the Sikakap area. We will be using the Bynda
to help distribute to the areas in need.
I am in contact via Belinda/handphone and our Satphone is on.