Date: 3 November 2003




The flash floods that hit the North Sumatran district of Bahorok in November 2003 triggered devastating landslides that killed 245, displaced thousands, and destroyed a renowned Orangutan Sanctuary which was not only the largest for the endangered Sumatran orangutans, but also a significant source of tourism dollars. Mercy Relief was among the first foreign NGOs to respond, providing much needed emergency aid and later, materials to support rebuilding efforts.




Partner(s): Local Indonesian authorities, Al-Istighfar Mosque




We helped by providing:

  • Food, clothing and blankets to more than 400 families
  • Temporary shelters to accommodate more than 6,000 people
  • S$12,300 worth of building materials for reconstruction works