Date: 28 March 2005

Magnitude: 8.7




The Nias Earthquake that shook Indonesia in March 2005 claimed 850 lives and destroyed 95 per cent of the structures on the island, including 13,000 homes. Mercy Relief was quick to respond to the Indonesian government’s appeal for humanitarian aid.




Partners: Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Red Cross Society (SRCS), Cargill Asia, Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union, Commerzbank AG, the Singapore Public




How we helped:

  • Sent a six-member team to provide acute medical relief. They took with them relief supplies including medicine, food and water, and set up a Basic Healthcare Unit (BHU) that saw 100 patients/day
  • Our second team of two doctors and three nurses tended to 200 patients/day at the Pelita Medical Centre, set up by the SAF
  • Shipped relief supplies worth a total of S$300,000, including food, water and medicine
  • Supported the construction of 50 semi-permanent structures to be used as schools until more permanent structures could be built. Each structure should last around 15 years. This S$300,000 project benefited approximately 6,000 students from 19 schools

 

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