WFP emergency response to Indonesia quake: May 29
WFP aircraft leaves Brindisi UN Humanitarian Response Depot headed for Solo, Indonesia loaded with seven metric tons of high-energy biscuits from WFP and 32 tonnes of blankets, tents, generators, gerry cans, water pumps & purification units from the Italian Development Cooperation organization.
WFP's Ilyushin aircraft left Brindisi UN Humanitarian Response Depot Monday morning at 3am (Italian time). It is scheduled to arrive in Solo, Indonesia early on Tuesday 30 May.
The aircraft's cargo includes:
- seven metric tons of WFP high-energy biscuits;
- 32 tonnes of blankets, tents, generators, gerry cans, water pumps & purification units from the Italian Development Cooperation organization.
Food aid delivered
In total, by the end of May 29 -- three days after the quake struck -- WFP had moved 70 tonnes of high-energy biscuits and 75 tons of noodles to the disaster area.
This included five TNT trucks, which arrived today from Jakarta carrying 50 tonnes of fortified noodles, and 22 metric tonnes which also left Jakarta on Monday on three more trucks.
TNT is a global provider of express, mail and logistics services and a long-standing humanitarian partner of WFP.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also offered to help with transport.
Food aid distributed
Distribution is taking place in the villages and sub-districts of Bantul and Klaten, through health centers, local authorities and non-government organizations.
Preliminary indications from the UN emergency assessment team, led by WFP, suggest that around 100,000 people were affected by the 6.2 Richter Scale earthquake and may require food aid for a short period.
Markets in Bantul and Klaten are still closed, meaning that many people who lost their own food stocks in the earthquake will be relying on emergency food rations for survival.
This number could grow as more and more earthquake survivors run of out of whatever they had on hand.
On Sunday night, it rained in Bantul and, according to the assessment team, people are still sleeping in the open. Hospitals are a grim sight, treating people under tents in parking lots and on the hospital grounds.
10 mobile warehouses (wiikhalls) are expected to arrive in the area on May 30, thanks to a TNT-chartered flight from Medan in Sumatra.