Indonesia Tsunami Appeal

A devastating tsunami with waves up to six metres high has been triggered by a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Over 2,000 people have been reported dead and sadly, the death toll is likely to rise. Those who have survived have seen their lives ripped apart.

200,000 people need urgent humanitarian assistance right now - a quarter of them are children.

Over 10,000 people are severely injured. With over 67,000 homes damaged and 80,000 people displaced, many families are sleeping in makeshift shelters or in the street, in desperate need of food, water and medical care.

Children have suffered an unimaginably traumatic event and they continue to be shaken by the hundreds of aftershocks which have hit the area since the earthquake.



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Our response

We’re a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid, Action Against Hunger, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan International UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

We’ve already sent vital aid to the hardest hit area of Palu:

  • We’re distributing tents, tarpaulins and blankets to keep families who have lost their homes safe.
  • We’re providing families with essential hygiene items like soap, buckets and jerry cans to help prevent the spread of deadly diseases.
  • We’re identifying children who have been separated from their families and helping to reunite them.
  • We’re setting up safe places where children can recover, play, and receive emotional support to overcome this traumatic experience.
Indonesia Crisis Appeal - A boy stands in front of a stranded ship in Donggala, Indonesia - Image credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

A boy stands in front of a stranded ship after a deadly tsunami struck the area on October 2, 2018 in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

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