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Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami

On Friday, 28 September 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake – followed by a tsunami – hit the Donggala, Palu and Mamuju areas in Central Sulawesi Province.

On Friday, 28 September 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake – followed by a tsunami – hit the Donggala, Palu and Mamuju areas in Central Sulawesi Province.

Roads and bridges in the province have been severely affected. 250 electricity poles are damaged and communications networks have been disrupted as well. These factors make rescue and aid operations difficult. Millions have been affected, with over 2,000 people dead, thousands injured and over 82,000 people internally displaced (as of 9 October).

Several Area Development Programmes, including the Parimo Programme supported by World Vision Malaysia, are located in Central Sulawesi.

World Vision’s trusted local partner Wahana Visi Indonesia is already on the ground and helping communities in need. They aim to reach over 20,000 families (80,000 people) through a 6-month initial emergency response. They will provide food and non-food items as well as Water & Sanitation, Child Protection, Health & Nutrition and Livelihood interventions. As of 11 October, Wahana Visi Indonesia has distributed over 400 shelter kits. We have also started water and food aid distribution.

Ten child-friendly spaces have been set up to attend to over 800 children. Over the next few months, we will focus on the most vulnerable, including children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and the elderly. We aim to continue health programmes that provide nutritious food to children. We also aim to set up Women and Young Child Spaces which will help mothers who are stressed or unable to breastfeed their children to seek advice and share their experiences with each other.

If you would like to give hope to the survivors of this calamity, donate to the relief effort today.