A Series of Echoes1. Bengkulu Earthquake
There is no shortage of news about the latest natural disaster to hit Indonesia. The TV and radio relay news about relief efforts. There is information on the net about aid for other recent disasters
but I am having difficulty in ascertaining where and how donations can be made, and what they should be.
Damage to buildings and infrastructure is extensive but, fortunately loss of life has been minimal. This may be due to greater awareness of potential earthquake damage following the previous Bengkulu earthquake in June 2000
of similar magnitude, 7.9 and, of course, the Aceh one in December 2004.
The Jakartass advice in the seeming absence of anything official, at least in the form of updated websites, is to let the professionals get on with their work and contact your country's Red Cross/Crescent.
In Indonesia, Palang Merah
is already active in the affected areas and donations can be made to their bank account:
Cabang Wisma Baja
(Swift Code: B E I I I D J A)
a/n Palang Merah Indonesia