More than 1.5 million people have been affected by a double natural disaster in Indonesia, which has killed at least 2,000 people and left an estimated 70,000 displaced. A powerful earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, before giant waves up to six metres high hit the cities of Palu and Mamuju and the district of Donggala at hundreds of miles an hour.
Much infrastructure has been destroyed and the full extent of the damage is not yet clear. However, we need to respond now, so that immediate, life-saving needs are met.
We are already working with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), and through ACT Alliance and our partners on the ground: our sister agencies Yakkum Emergency Unit, Church World Service and Pelkesi are supporting the delivery of food, shelter, clean water, sanitation and other relief supplies to Palu and Donggala. Survivors in more remote areas also desperately need food, water and medicine.
Please help the recovery effort and donate to our Indonesia Tsunami Appeal.
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We are deeply saddened by the devastation triggered by the earthquake and tsunami: it has wrecked lives, torn apart communities and caused untold suffering.
Madara Hettiarachchi, Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Asia and Middle East