On January 15th, 2021, at about 02:28 hrs LT, an earthquake of 6.2 Richter Scale struck Mamuju and Majene Region, West Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. A smaller 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the same area on 14 January at 14:35 local time.
(as of 14:00 GMT+7) The local authorities have reported eight people killed, 638 people injured, and over 18,000 people temporarily displaced in 10 evacuation sites, with figures likely to increase as assessments continue. Heavy damages have been reported in the city of Majene, including the five-story Mitra Manakarra Hospital (where eight people were reportedly trapped), the Governor’s office, two hotels, a mall, a Community Health Centre, and over 300 houses.
The earthquake interrupted the access road between Majene and the provincial capital Mamuju in three different spots, while the road access between Palu and Mamuju continued to be accessible. Electricity, communications network and fuel supply have been disrupted.
BNPB (National Agency for Disaster Management), MoSA (Min. of Social Affairs), and MoH (Min. of Health) have mobilized their resources to the affected areas, including four helicopters, tents and mattresses, children kits, elderly kits, food, medical assistance including orthopedic and psychosocial support. The Head of BNPB, the Minister of Social Affairs, and member of Parliament are visiting the area today.
Partners of the National Cluster for Displacement and Protection have initiated a coordination meeting. The Indonesian Red Cross and NGOs, including Humanitarian Forum Indonesia member organizations, are also mobilizing their response.
International assistance is not requested at this stage.