Massive earthquake and tsunami leave Indonesia in dire need of international assistance

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Initial reports suggest the possibility of 839 villages in Central Sulawesi and 95 villages in West Sulawesi have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami
WV Indonesia’s emergency response team has reached Palu, Central Sulawesi where several homes and buildings have collapsed following an earthquake and tsunami. PHOTO: WORLD VISION
(October 02, 2018)

Over two million people may feel the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

On Monday, the Indonesian government requested international assistance. Conditions in impacted areas remain extremely difficult. After search and rescue, World Vision crisis management staff say initial needs are water, food, fuel, medicine, temporary shelters and protection for children. Buildings are vulnerable to aftershocks and downed electricity and communication networks are serious obstacles to getting aid to where it is desperately needed.

"World Vision is deeply concerned about the impact on children, who at this stage will be terrified of the aftershocks and struggling to cope with the uncertainty and loss of loved ones," says World Vision in Indonesia's National Director, Doseba Sinay. "Ensuring that survivors have their immediate needs met with adequate shelter, food and water will be critical over the coming days."

How Canadians can help:

  • Canadians wishing to donate to World Vision's emergency response in Indonesia can visit worldvision.ca, or call 1-866-595-5550.

Quick Facts:

  • The earthquake with an initial magnitude of 7.4 Richter hit was centred 27 kilometres northeast of Donggala at a depth of 10 kilometres and caused a tsunami in Donggala, Palu and Mamuju.
     
  • Over 60,000 evacuees are being housed in emergency evacuation centres
     
  • Initial reports suggest the possibility of 839 villages in Central Sulawesi and 95 villages in West Sulawesi have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
     
  • World Vision has several projects in Central Sulawesi province serving more than 5,000 sponsored children.

Additional Resources:

  • Latest photos and video: Here