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Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal

A deadly earthquake has struck Indonesia and triggered a tsunami, which surged inland, destroying almost everything in its wake.

Hundreds of people have already lost their lives and thousands of families are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical treatment.


Charity information: British Red Cross

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  • Need


    With a major power cut and damage to communication lines, we don't yet know the full extent of the devastation or loss, but we do know that families are in desperate need of immediate help.

    Devastatingly, this need will only grow in the coming days.

    This terrifying disaster is yet another blow to the people of Indonesia, who are still recovering from another large earthquake which shook the country in August.


    At least 206 volunteers and staff from the Indonesian Red Cross are currently on the ground and conducting search and rescue activities, and providing medical support.

    A mobile clinic has been set up in Sigi and the doctors are treating people – the majority women and children – who are suffering from open wounds, broken bones, and bruises.

    Relief items such as water, baby kits, hygiene kits and mosquito nets will be distributed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help the thousands of families that are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.


    » Local Red Cross volunteers and staff are already on the ground, supporting search and rescue efforts and distributing vital aid.

    What success will look like

    Relief Items will be distributed.

  • Impact


    Reduction of loss of life and minimising risk of disease and malnutrition.


    Access challenges are being felt in most affected areas, power outages have been reported, roads are blocked, communication lines in some affected areas disrupted, and the main airport in Palu has been damaged.

    Updated information from Ministry of Transportation indicated that harbours in Pantoloan areas can be accessed and partially operational (for loading and unloading) and the main airport of Mutiara SIS Al Jufri will be operating only for relief item.


    We can produce impact reports of funding being used as our part in the provision of crisis relief.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 phase of crisis repsonse urgently required humanitarian aid
  • Background


    On Friday 28 September 2018 a series of earthquakes struck around Donggala, province of South East Sulawesi, Indonesia. The first occurred 14:00 (West Indonesia local time) with the strongest at a magnitude of 7.7 at 17:02, at a depth of 10 km. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 7.5 quake was centred at a depth of 6 miles (10km) about 35 miles (56km) northeast of the town of Donggala.

    The earthquake caused a Tsunami wave that hit Palu, Donggala and Mamuju. Reports of size of wave va


    As of 2 October, 1,234 people were confirmed to have died following the earthquake and tsunami, more than 799 people have been seriously injured and 99 people are still missing. It is likely that these figures will increase as more areas become accessible and more assessments are conducted.

    62,000 people are displaced and are either living in tents or have no shelter.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    At least 206 volunteers and staff from the Indonesian Red Cross are currently on the ground and conducting search and rescue activities, and providing medical support.

    The Indonesian Red Cross is mobilising goods and equipment onto three ships that will sail to the affected area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The International Red Cross Movement

    Entire responsibility of the project in each country, assessed by need.