A tsunami believed to be caused by an undersea landslide associated with the Mount Anak Krakatau volcano struck communities along the Sunda Strait December 22. At least 430 people were killed, 1,485 were injured, and more than 16,000 were displaced.
In the days following the tsunami, Airlink worked with Cathay Pacific to mobilize four specialized volunteers from Team Rubicon UK to assist with provision of clean water and solar lights for those affected on the northwest tip of Java. In partnership with Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) – which translates to Fast Action Response – Team Rubicon UK distributed 2,000 solar lights and provided clean water to 500 people impacted by the tsunami.
Meanwhile, Airlink also worked with United Airlines to deploy 2 personnel from World Central Kitchen. Because of their work in Lombok and Palu, WCK is established with a local partner on the ground and has been in constant contact since the eruption and tsunami. Over the course of two weeks, they provided more than 100,000 hot meals to people in need across 19 villages and 10 schools in Bantem.