Sumba disaster, the dam no longer exists
Dear friends, dear families,
The river and the cyclone destroyed everything in their path on these first days of April 2021.
The dam no longer exists. This dam was a vital and critical element in order to bring water and irrigate the thousands of small canals on more than 4,000 hectares of rice fields and various crops. These 4,000 hectares are there to feed the population of the island.
Whole villages have not yet received assistance, we are doing the most we can … Bringing water, medical care, healthy food.
On the banks of the rivers, but also all around inland for kilometers, houses have been wiped off the map, just like their inhabitants. It will take two years to rebuild this dam and bring water to irrigate crops. In addition to the health aspect, a food and economic crisis is to be feared. Cultures without water will die in the next few days.
All irrigation systems (vital element in order to live, eat, be in good health, not to become poor), are dry. Access to drinking water is scarce.
Fish so as not to be hungry, and eat the fish, directly on the ruins of the dam. Others go for food in the forest. Those who climb the ruins of the dam to fish are playing a dangerous but necessary game.
Without water and therefore, without cultivation, without production of rice, corn and after months of invasion of locusts which also ravaged everything, the prices which were already too high, will increase significantly and people will not be able to buy anything. They must therefore go and find something to eat elsewhere.
We are there, Fair Future Foundation, Kawan Baik Indonesia and all of our local friends are there with us and go where others don’t. All together, we bring food in tons, hundreds of m3 of water, install tanks of 2000-5000 liters, give medical care, drugs, and other things in order to get better to rebuild, to to “rebuild” itself too.
Thank you so much for helping us. We need medicines, donation, medical supplies, food… Do not forget them!
The Fair Future Foundation team, form Rumah Kambera base camp.