ADB Providing $3 Million for Indonesia Quake Victims

News Release | 16 October 2009

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $3 million in emergency grant assistance to help meet the near-term rehabilitation needs of the quake-affected areas of West Sumatra, Indonesia, following the 30 September earthquake that killed over 800 people and damaged more than 133,000 homes.

ADB assistance will be used to restore the essential public services and improve the access to villages in remote areas. "ADB is committed to helping earthquake-affected families during this trying time," said Jim Nugent, ADB's Country Director in Indonesia.

"There are still many families in need of assistance, and ADB will work closely with the Indonesian Government and other development partners to provide these families with the support they need," he added.

ADB has pledged to work closely with the Government and other development partners in assessing the damage and loss caused by the earthquake. ADB draws on long experience in dealing with natural disasters, including the 2004 Asian tsunami, which also hit Indonesia.

The $3 million grant is being provided under ADB's emergency facility, the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund, which provides quick-disbursing grants to help restore essential life-saving services following disasters.