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On 21 November 2022, at 13:21 West Java time, an Mww 5.6 earthquake struck near Cianjur in West Java, Indonesia. A total of 603 people were killed (as of the end of December 2022), 7,729 were injured, and approximately nine remain missing.

The Cianjur earthquake was declared a regional disaster. The Emergency Response Status for the Impact of the Cianjur Earthquake was 30 days, from November 21 to December 20, 2022, with the possibility of extension according to the situation and conditions in the field. Below is a summary of the aftermath of this earthquake:

  • 15 aftershocks and two earthquakes were recorded on 27 November, leading to landslides across the region
  • The number of displaced people is 73,874, including 33.713 men, 40.161 women, 92 people with disabilities, 1.207 pregnant women and 4.240 older people
  • 62,628 houses were damaged, of which 27,434 houses were severely damaged, 1,370 houses were moderately damaged, and 22,124 houses were slightly damaged.
  • Infrastructure: 398 schools, 160 places of worship, 14 health facilities and 16 office buildings have been damaged.

AIA’s response and follow-up:

Through its Jakarta-based representative, Isla Winarto, the AIA collected and donated a total of $500 from its own funds, with two members (Pat Hanna; Isla Winarto) donating separately $100 each. The total donated under the name of AIA was $700 (Rp.7,281,071 as of 8 December 2022, when funds were transferred to Yayasan Balarenik). See proof of transfer.

As was the case in 2021, during the peak of the covid pandemic, AIA collaborated once again with the local non-government, Jakarta-based organisation, Yayasan Balarenik, to channel the funds to the areas and communities most in need following the earthquake. Since then, Isla has been following up on a weekly basis regarding how Balarenik has been assisting the survivors of the quake and how the AIA funds were used.

For two weeks following the quake, Balarenik staff conducted a needs assessment in the field. As those residing in the area of Cianjur where the quake did the most damage received emergency aid within hours of the disaster, Balarenik focused on helping those communities on the outskirts, where damage and loss of life were also reported, but where little or no government aid was being received. Balarenik’s main focus was on a small village in the Cipendawa area, with 297 families, of which 523 are males, 472 are females, 95 babies, and 190 children.

With the AIA funds, the following aid was provided to the Cipendawa villagers:

  • Milk for the children
  • Basic hygiene needs (toothpaste, soap, shampoo)
  • Children’s school needs
  • Food staples (rice; oil; noodles)
  • Medicines (for rashes; headaches; fever)
  • Tarpaulin for emergency family tents


Total amount spent on AIA donation, as reported by Balarenik: Rp.7,164,000 of Rp. 7,281,071  donated. The remaining funds of Rp.117,071 (just over $10) were used to cover fuel costs to/from Cianjur.


See the photos below provided by Balarenik: