At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured in Indonesia after a tsunami hit coastal areas along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night, according to the country’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB). Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are currently in the affected area to provide support for local health interventions. The tsunami waves affected Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung, and Tanggamus regencies.
“Since early 2018, MSF has an adolescent health project in Indonesia supporting the Ministry of Health in Labuan and Carita in Pandeglang district — the area which was severely hit by the tsunami following an eruption of Anak Karakatoa volcano on the late evening of 22 December, 2018," said Daniel von Rège, MSF Head of Mission in Indonesia. “The MSF Pandeglang teams responded to the influx of patients on the morning of 23 December as both injured people and bodies were brought in to the health centres. With support from the MSF country coordination team which arrived a few hours later, MSF liaised with the health centre teams, prioritising immediate needs. As the most severe cases were being referred to bigger hospitals in the area and the deceased were being managed by local authorities, MSF supported the exhausted health workers by ensuring proper case management, infection control and hygiene standards, as well as material support. During the course of the day, more injured people and dead bodies arrived which needed immediate attention and we expect this to continue over the next few days."
"MSF has a permanent presence in Pandeglang district, so we will continue to support the national efforts as long as needed.”