Emergency and humanitarian action

Mt. Kelud Volcano Eruption, Kediri-Blitar-Malang District, East Java Province,13 February, 2014

A hazard zone has been declared within 10 km radius from the crater. As of 18 February, MoH has reported 6 deaths, 15 missing and 83,674 IDPs across 89 camps. Local government response has included mobilisation and deployment of evacuation team, mobilisation of health posts, mobile health teams and three field hospitals, distribution of masks to the affected population and a rapid response team to assess the needs of affected districts.

Flooding in Jakarta Province, Java island, Indonesia; 11 Jan.14

Heavy flooding (up to 300cm height) started on Saturday, 11 January 2014. As per MoH report of 14 January 2014, 4 deaths have been reported and 26,666 people have been internally displaced, located across 71 camps. Local Rapid Health Assessment team has been mobilised. MoH is conducting clean water and disease control measures. WHO Indonesia office is supporting MoH on emergency nutrition, water-sanitation and hygiene issues. International assistance is currently not requested.

Recent Publication

One of the lessons learnt from emergencies or disasters in the South-East Asia Region is that information and knowledge management is a weak area. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 was no exception . In any emergency, no matter how difficult, information needs to be collected, stored, and retrieved systematically for analysis. This should be done before, during and after any event. By having a disciplined structure and practice around these activities, we can be more effective in turning information into knowledge and knowledge into action. This is the main goal of this book. This book, in two volumes, serves as a reference textbook for the event itself as it happened in each country of study and provides a method for documenting emergencies in the larger discipline of emergency risk management in health.

Violence in Lashio, Shan State, Myanmar (May 2013)

Riots occurred in Lashio, Northern Shan State on the evening of 28 May 2013 and continued till 29 May. Violence appeared to have begun after a woman vendor was doused in petrol and set fire in Lashio by a person identified as a drug addict. A religious building and shops attached to an orphanage were destroyed by fire. From 28-29 May a total of 5 houses, 3 religious buildings, one cinema, 4 warehouses, 32 shops, 11 motorcycles, and 2 vehicles were burnt. One death and five injured cases were reported and treated at Lashio General Hospital. Lashio has been under curfew since 8 pm on 28 May. Government deployed Military and Police forces to control the situation and now security is under control. No health emergency assistance is requested by MOH.