Archive for October, 2009

As of this morning, the death toll has reached 1,100 with thousands more injured and feared dead. A lack of heavy machinery has hindered the rescue operation. The main Dr M Djamil Hospital was mostly destroyed and there are not enough doctors or facilities to help the overwhelming numbers of wounded. Most of the city, save a few buildings, are without electricity and water. More news from BBC and The Age.

The UN is still assessing whether to raise an appeal or rely solely on their Central Emergency Fund. In the meantime, the Red Cross, Oxfam and SurfAid are taking donations. SurfaAid in particular helps the Mentawai Islands which are hard to access in general, but more so now. From their site:

SurfAid International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through community-based health programs. With the support of the New Zealand and Australian governments, the global surfing community, and most importantly the Mentawai people of the affected areasĀ themselves, SurfAid has come to exemplify the healing power of cross-cultural partnerships.

Please help with any donation you can. The scope of the tragedy is not yet known, but the more funds they have, the quicker and better the response will be.

Red Cross



Across the Universe: Sumatra Earthquake


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littlesIt’s easy to look at the Indonesian and Pacific earthquakes and see the disaster and not comprehend it. I have a brother, though, and he lives in the Mentawai Islands near Padang. He is safe, his wife is safe, the friends they can contact are safe. The rest? They’re not so sure. There’s also thousands of people stuck under rubble and, well, he said it better:

We are ok but the whole situation is fucked up. Have heard from half our friends that they are ok, but still waiting for more info. No fuel or food in Padang so the next few weeks should be interesting. Thousands of people are buried under rubble, it is pissing down with rain and we are being battered by storms. In a word, it is fucked. Send some positive thoughts out into the universe for the people of Padang. I am veering between tears and nausea.

So, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Sending all the love I have out into the universe, hoping it will get there soon.

Here are some links about the situation:



Surfing Life

And to organisations for donations:
SurfAid International
Red Cross

If you have nothing else, send all your positive thoughts and love out to the people of South-East Asia. They’re going to need it all, and more.

I love you, brother.

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