Dunia Baru delivers vital supplies to Lombok earthquake survivors
by Miranda Blazeby
Lombok’s earthquake survivors have been delivered vital supplies, including food and clothing, by the 18-strong crew of 51 metre Phinisi-style superyacht Dunia Baru.
The superyacht arrived at the island’s Medana Bay Marina in late August and spent two days distributing aid to survivors of recent earthquakes, which left almost 500 people dead.
Donations from charter clients and colleagues enabled the yacht to deliver provisions worth thousands of dollars, which included 1400 blankets, 3,000 litres of water, 50 mattresses and a generator.
The crew, which included Dunia Baru’s owner Mark Robba and his family and friends, also offloaded a number of food items, including 2000kg of rice, 400 cans of fish and 1000 servings of instant noodles.The crew also prepared and served 500 hot meals to locals.
Seven truckloads of supplies were delivered to different villages across the two days while an additional car was sent to east Lombok, which has also been badly affected.
Robba described seeing flattened homes and impassable roads strewn with debris.
“About 80% of the houses and structures appeared to be totally destroyed over most of north Lombok,” he said, but added that it was “amazing how many people are still smiling despite their suffering.”
“Compared to their needs, our contribution is so small, but everyone has been so appreciative of the assistance we’ve given them. Lombok and the waters around it are special to Dunia Baru and we are glad we could help, even a little,” he added.