Yogya Today


It's been more than a month since Saturday 27 May 2006, when quakes shattered Yogyakarta and parts of Central Java. However, the jobs that need to be done are still there despite the time. There's still many homeworks to do to help others. Many are irreplaceable. From only material losses, such as houses, schools, government and private offices, to lives. They are still fresh in the memory of people from Yogyakarta and vicinity. Allah almighty, blessed are people who can pick up hikmah from all of this, as hikmah is a muslim's treasure. This might be a micro picture of the promised day, when the apocalypse will happen, when a mother forgets her sons, when the left calf linked to the right one. Alhamdulillah, You still allow us to get closer to You, ya Rabb.

Muds and Chasms Faced The Aid Teams


PortalInfaq South Sulawesi: Today (04/07/06) the Rapid Reaction Team from PortalInfaq, in cooperation with the Makassar Branch of the Red Crescent Indonesia, went to a landslide disaster location in Gantarang village. It comprises three hamlets, Bontolesa, Barue, and Mattirowalie. There are 1702 people of 322 families living in the Gantarang village. Because of the landslide disaster, there were 7 people dead, and 11  injured. The accounted material loss so far includes 19 houses ruined, 16 houses badly damaged, and 15 houses lightly damaged. There are 72 children under-5s that are in the risk of catching respiratory diseases and need medical aid.

Accompanied by drizzle, the team departed from the main base in Persatuan Raya road with 10 personels. It took 1-hour traveling on a fleet of ambulances to the mid base, and they have to continue traveling by foot  for another 2.5 km to get to the landslide location. It was a difficult terrain. The muds and the chasm across the road compelled the team to walk with extra care. The team also had to pass by landslide points to get to the location. Several times, the team had to go through up to 5 metre high mudslides with chasms on the other sides that slowed the team down..

34 Days Since the First Quake and the Actions are Still on...


It's been more than a month that the PortalInfaq Humanity Team works in the quake location in Yogyakarta and Central Java, and the team is determined to continue the recovery effort.

Based on the information given by Pak (Mr.) Marlam, one of the villager of Dukuh Pelemsewu), on Friday 30 June 2006, the PortalInfaq team, in cooperation with Majlis Ta’lim Al-Khawarizmi Universitas Bina Nusantara ( Binus ), Komunitas ba-Depok, dan Manajemen Qolbu Club (MQCC) perform a humanity action by distributing foods, including rice, bottled water, milk for children and instant noodle. Also distributed in that action is a supply of women sanitary towel.

They Still Need Us..


"...And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patientin tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the Allah-fearing. ". (Al-Baqarah:177)
Disaster after disaster struck Indonesia lately. Whatever and whenever disaster comes, it has to be dealt with with patience and wisdom. It is all that we can do, really. But when the facts in the field show us that there is so much devastation to bear, one cannot help but grieve. The PortalInfaq humanity and voluntary teams reported that there are still many untouched areas, which desparately need help. The lack of help has taken its toll. Two days ago, there was casualties just because of hunger, because they are locked in isolated area and has yet to be reached by search-and-rescue teams.

The situation in Sinjai, South Sulawesi, is vastly different from those of Yogyakarta, where recently struck by quakes. There is no more report in the media, while the number of casualties are continuously increasing, because there is lack of food, they are starting to suffer from diarrhea and other diseases.

PortalInfaq Rapid Reaction Teams in Sinjai


The rapid reaction team of PortalInfaq South Sulawesi, cooperating with the Indonesian Red Crescent, is engaging another humanity action in two locations in East Sinjai district, which are Maccini village and Takkalala village. The landslide muds and fallen bridged has cut off the normal transportation links. It took almost 2 hours to get to these isolated areas through a circular and muddy route, before we got to a refugee camp in the Maccini village.

There are 300 families in this camp. As the village is situated in the river banks, up to 85% of the village has been destroyed. Houses were swept away; even coconut trees were fallen. We came across a family of six who survived but had to stay in a 1.5 x 1.5 m2 grain store, on a bed of hay, without front or back partitions.

Appeal For Flash Flood in Sinjai, South Sulawesi


Portalinfaq-South Sulawesi : On Wednesday 22-06-2006 a team from PortalInfaq South Sulawesi has started the humanity action for our brothers and sisters in Sinjai county, which is about 220 km or 4 hours travel from Makassar (the capitol city of the South Sulawesi province). PortalInfaq South Sulawesi has departed 6 volunteers and necessary aids for the victims of the flash flood. A day before, an assessment team has also departed to conduct a survey and to collect data about the victims.

A base for the Humanity Action for the Flash Flood Disaster has been established. The voluntary team of PortalInfaq will run several programs, including providing health services and distributing foods and aids for the victims. According the survey in the affected areas, the victims need ready-to-serve food, as they no longer have cooking appliances, and clean water for both drink and sanitary purposes. People start to suffer from respiratory and skin diseases and diarrhea. The health services are also needed by the wounded victims.

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