Sulawesi Indonesia - Earthquake and Tsunami Update
A very large 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on the 28th September, and also created a tsunami with destructive waves up to 6 meters in height that struck the coastal areas close to Palu City.
Caritas Indonesia emergency teams have been making their way to Palu to assist with the aid and support efforts and to help with the assessment of the damage.
Reports are still coming in but currently there have been over 800 fatalities with many more injured from the initial quake and from the consequent Tsunami. Survivors are still at risk and in great need of food and drinkable water while recovery efforts are being made. The rescue effort has been hampered by the failure of telecommunications in the region. Earthquake damaged roads have made access to the worst-hit areas more difficult.
Yohanes Baskoro, programme manager with Caritas Indonesia has been coordinating staff that are already on the ground but it has been a very challenging process, “It will take a long time to recover from this disaster. The victims are likely to be around 1000 people, but there are still so many places that haven’t yet been reached, so we can’t really know...”
Caritas Aotearoa NZ is receiving donations to assist in providing urgently needed medical supplies, food, clean water and shelter – Please select “General Emergency Appeal” to support the relief efforts and to help the vulnerable people who have been affected.