On 28 September 2018, the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi was struck by a series of earthquakes that triggered a powerful tsunami and caused a phenomenon called soil liquefication that destroyed an entire village in Palu. The humanitarian relief efforts have been increasing ever since, and the Red Cross is reaching new communities every day.
600 Indonesian Red Cross volunteers are working in affected communities, with a focus on providing medical support, distributing relief supplies, clean water and food, and evacuating survivors from the disaster zone.
Assessments conducted in the districts of Sigi, Kulawi, Palu and Donggala revealed that communities are in urgent need of medicine, tents, blankets, food (eggs, instant noodles, rice, biscuits), baby milk and diapers. The worst affected area is Banawa in Donggala district, where houses built along the shoreline have been swept away by the tsunami.
For more information:
Iris van Deinse, IFRC, +62 817 005 9845, +31 612 894 923
Aulia Arriani, Indonesian Red Cross, +62 816 79 5379
Zulaikha Mudzar, IFRC, +60 17 303 2296
Matthew Cochrane, +41 79 251 80 39, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Freebairn, +41 79 251 93 33, email@example.com