D.C. organization has team helping in Indonesia

D.C. organization has team helping in Indonesia. (Amy Aubert, ABC7)

After the devastation in Indonesia, Mercy Corps made sure to have a team deployed to the area.

“It’s just trying to sort out needs—who needs what? What needs are most urgent?” said Christy Delafield, Interim Director of Communications with Mercy Corps.

Delafield spoke to their crews in the area today.

“The first thing that the team described to me was the massive number of displaced people,” she said.

She says their team will do what it takes to help.

“In an emergency like this one, it is so difficult to get to the people who are in need,” she explained. “One of the bigger challenges, and the reason why we’ve seen information trickling in slowly, is that so many of these roads were disrupted with landslides. The tsunami resulted in this liquification of the grounds—we have mudslides everywhere.”

In their DC office, their crews are monitoring 24/7 and doing what they can to help.

“There’s always somebody on call and paying attention so that when we hear from our field teams that more assistance is needed, we are ready to spring into action,” Delafield said.

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