There's a whole area on the south west coast of Aceh, closest to the epicenter of the earthquake, where there's been no contact at all. Officials are increasingly concerned about the situation there.
It's thought there were a million people living in that area. Relief supplies are beginning to arrive in the Sumatran city of Medan ready for transport into the affected area, and the Indonesian government has just decided that they will allow international aid agencies to operate in Aceh. The province has been virtually sealed off for the past eighteen months because of a conflict between Indonesian security forces and separatist rebels.
FOR THOSE ON BALI WISHING TO HELP - There are now at least several drop off points established on Bali these include (as well as probably others):
- Ubud :
IDEP foundation office - Jl Hanoman No 44b, Ubud
- Denpasar :
JIKA-POSKO Bantuan Bencana Aceh - Jalan Tjok Tresna #49, Renon, and / or UNUD & Warmadewa Universities
- Kuta :
Surfer Girl HQ & Aroma Cafe
- Seminyak :
Asana Kopi & The (across from Made's Warung)
Account Name : Yayasan IDEP
ACCOUNT NO :034.001229576.003
Bank : BNI (Bank Negara Indonesia), Cabang Ubud, Bali
Bank Address : Jl. Raya Ubud, Bali - Indonesia
SWIFT Code : BNINIDJA DPS
We are working in conjunction with Masyarakat Penanggulangan Bencana (MPBI) The Indonesian people's association of disaster management and BAKORNAS (Indonesian disaster management agency) who can send help people in need in Aceh and Sumatra via Jakarta. Donations are being collected here in Bali on a volunteer basis. We will work hard to ensure that donations reach their intended target. Please help.
Petra Schneider, Yayasan IDEP, Ubud, Bali