A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia on 21 November 2022. Though the earthquake was shallow, the damage and devastation caused were staggering – more so than the earthquakes they have experienced in the past 2 decades. According to the report by The National Agency for Disaster Countermeasures of Indonesia, the impact of the earthquake has cost the lives of 329 individuals and displaced over 100,000 people.
There is an urgent need to provide proper shelter as the affected communities are living in makeshift shelters that may be haphazardly put together. These do not protect them from secondary threats such as heavy rainfall, floods, or landslides. Access to clean water remains a concern as roads have been damaged, causing difficulties in the distribution of clean water. The affected communities have resorted to using unsanitary water from nearby rivers or ponds and rainwater.
Let us respond in love to our brothers and sisters who are affected by the earthquake. We welcome Catholics in Singapore who would like to contribute by joining us in prayer for all who are suffering or to contribute in any way.
Photos: National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons