Earthquake in Indonesia
Indonesia Earthquake
December 2016

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia on December 7, 2016, killing at least 102 people, injuring more than 600 and displacing more than 80,000 people in the province of Aceh, on the northwestern tip of Sumatra. Estimates show the earthquake damaged more than 11,500 houses, 160 store houses, 64 mosques, 94 meunasah, 10 government offices and 16 education facilities.

Humanitarian Assistance: 

Provide clean water, emergency shelter kits, cleaning supplies and hygiene kits

People Helped: 
Funds provided: 
Global Affairs Canada: 
Oxfam Canada: $22,500
Humanitarian Coalition: 
Humanitarian Needs: 

Thousands of homes were damaged, resulting in many families left sleeping outdoors, in makeshift shelters or in meunasah (community gathering areas). The earthquake also compromised clean water from community-drilled wells and sanitation facilities, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.

Humanitarian Response: 

Reduce vulnerability of crisis-affected people, especially women and children, and improve their ability to access potable water

• Provide clean water to people housed in temporary evacuation centres.
• Clean and rehabilitate wells.
• Set up emergency latrines and/or rehabilitate existing facilities in 5 affected villages.
• Provide cash vouchers to survivors so they can purchase hygiene materials locally and therefore support the local economy.
• Conduct community outreach and education sessions on safe sanitation practices to reduce risks of waterborne diseases.
• Provide emergency shelter materials (tarps, tools), cleaning kits (shovel, broom, etc.) and/or tool kits to affected families and communities.
• Provide training on earthquake resistance house construction to help communities build back better.

Organizational Capacity: 

Oxfam has a long history of disaster response in Indonesia, having responded to the 2004 tsunami in Aceh and working directly and with local partners for small and medium-scale disasters since then. Oxfam in Indonesia is leading the Humanitarian Country Team in Indonesia under coordination with UNOCHA and is a member of International WASH Cluster and National Cluster for Protection and Displacement lead by Ministry of Social Affairs. Oxfam has partners in North Sumatra, who were providing assistance within 24 hours after the earthquake hit.


Our responses to localized disasters are supported by Global Affairs Canada (75%), the member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition (15%), and the Humanitarian Coalition (10%). The CHAF was created in 2014 to ensure timely funding is available to fund lifesaving responses to smaller-scale disasters.