COVID 19 LIAISE - Project 01

Embedding COVID-19 preparedness into local disaster risk reduction


Padang is the capital city of the West Sumatra Province of Indonesia, and is inhabited by 1 million people. It is situated on very flat liquefiable ground, and 50% of residents live in tsunami inundation areas. Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, frequently exposed to a range of hazards. Over 60% of Indonesia’s districts are exposed to a high risk of flooding. Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire with 127 active volcanoes, Indonesia also faces high seismic, tsunami and volcanic risk. With approximately five major events per annum, Padang is a metropolitan area which is one of the most prone to geophysical disasters in Indonesia. Disasters impact people as well as the economy in Indonesia. Living in hazardous areas, lacking access to basic services, and having limited financial resources, the poor and vulnerable bear the brunt of disaster impacts.

Like with many other cities across the globe, Padang too couldn’t escape from the current COVID-19 pandemic. As of 1st June 2020, in Indonesia, there are 26940 active cases with 1641 death with further 61478 suspected cases. In Padang, the numbers are 567, 25 and 1487 respectively. Our proposal address key three gaps: First, we will get a detailed understanding on the state of the art of COVID -19 preparedness planning. Second, as per SFDRR, we will work towards including pandemic preparedness front and centre in the national and local strategies for reducing disaster risk. Third, emphasising abundant evidence that investing in prevention pays off and saves lives, a robust government-run integrated and cascaded multi hazard, preparedness programme that will be put in place using early warnings and an array of measures to will reduce loss of life.