Natural Disasters


169 Homes Destroyed

The below video shows the devastation from a fire that took place in the City of Jambi on September 1st. It was reported that 169 homes were destroyed. Almost all of the homes were made completely of wood.

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Musim Hujan (Rainy Season)

In the central part of the Jambi Province, the location we have visited on several occasions, has been inundated with severe flooding during the current rainy season. Water from the Tabir River overflowed its banks and has killed a 24 year old named Guri. This is the location where we have assisted in setting up two water purification systems (report on the second one will be coming out in a few weeks).

Besides the death of one person, there has been the destruction of hundreds of hectare of rice fields that were ready to be harvested. The water reached the height of approximately ten feet. Now there is the serious problem of stagnant water that has the potential to spread an epidemic.

The government leaders in the area ordered the evacuation of 1,517 people for the purpose of protecting their health and preventing the spread of disease. The government has also supplied resources for the purchasing of tents, cooking utensils, blankets, and clothing for children. As many as 16 emergency teams (paramedics) were dispatched to the area.

Epicenter in Jambi
Most have heard about the recent devastating earthquake on Sumatra. The news headlines spoke of the devastation in the western coastal city of Padang. In reality, the epicenter was in the Jambi Province, in the small town of Sungai Penuh (full river).   Sungai Penuh is the location we would like to go and explore in the next year or so. We plan on using this mountain town to commence our long trek up the active volcano Mt Kerinci. Hopefully we will be able to get a number of Canadians and Americans to join us on this tour from time to time.

When we get to Jambi we also hope to make ourselves available, in what small way we can, in providing relief during natural disasters, like earthquakes, tsumanis, floods, etc. With Sumatra being on the Ring of Fire, they are prone to all types of natural disasters. During the last six months there have been six major earthquakes!