Spokespeople available for interview

Aceh Earthquake
: Plan International’s emergency response team to deploy

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, almost 100 lives have been lost and classes have been disrupted for some 30,000 students.

The District Education Office has instructed officials to close schools located in the affected areas of Pidie Jaya (the district closest to the earthquake’s epicentre), until further notice. 

Global child rights and humanitarian organisation Plan International is coordinating closely with the National and Local Disaster Management Agency, community partners and other in-country humanitarian agencies.

Wahyu Kuncoro
, Disaster Risk Management Manager for Plan International Indonesia said:

“Children and girls are the most vulnerable victims of disasters and emergencies, and Plan International is working with local authorities and governments to get aid delivered to those who need it the most.

“We have pre-positioned emergency supplies that are being distributed, including emergency shelter kits and other urgent humanitarian supplies.

“Our most immediate concern is ensuring children and girls in affected areas are safe and protected, and encouraging the government and all humanitarian organisations to prioritise child protection issues.

“Many schools are now closed as a result of the earthquake. As a result, these children may lack the physical protection and emotional support that their school environment provides. 

“Creating a safe space for children to continue their education will help them to cope with the emotional stress they faced as a result of the earthquake.”

The 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Aceh province in Indonesia at 5:03am local time on 7 December 2016. 

Government reports indicate the earthquake has resulted in almost 100 casualties, though this number is expected to increase as rescue operations continue. 

The earthquake, which was felt in neighbouring districts as far as 100 kilometres away, has caused extensive damage to religious sites, homes and public buildings.

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Plan International staff in Indonesia are available for interviews. To arrange, contact:

In Indonesia:
Irsyad Hadi, Communications Officer
Email: Irsyad.Hadi@plan-international.org
Mobile: +62 812 840 2670

In Australia: 
Clare Price, Media Relations Manager, Plan International Australia 
Email: Clare.Price@plan.org.au
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About Plan International:
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. 

About Plan International Indonesia:
Plan International has been working in Indonesia since 1969, and is helping marginalised children to access their rights to health, sanitation, education, livelihoods and protect