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Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia: 1.5 Million people Affected
Over 2,000 lives have been lost and more than 70,000 people have been displaced.
Oct 2 2018
On Friday 28th September, a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, affecting an estimated 1.5 million people. Over 2,000 lives have been lost and more than 70,000 people have been displaced, seeking refuge in makeshift shelters. With houses damaged or destroyed, and aftershocks continuing, the numbers of those affected are expected to rise.
Action Against Hunger has joined the rest of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and is sending an urgent response team to Palu. Our teams will be working with our local partner Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU) to assess needs and provide sanitary kits, food and medicines. We will also focus on preventing children under 5 years old from becoming undernourished. We will be responding in four villages in Sulawesi close to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami.
“Access to the disaster hit area is challenging,” says Yohanis Pakereng, Action Against Hunger’s country director in Indonesia. “The airport in Palu is still closed and access overland is difficult because there have been a lot of landslides. Lots of vehicles are going to and coming from Palu so instead of taking several hours to reach Palu it is taking a whole day. They cannot get food stuff as the shops are closed and at night there is no power so it is pitch black.”
"People cannot access water as infrastructure is destroyed" - Yohanis Pakerent, Action Against Hunger’s country director in Indonesia
Urgent humanitarian needs include evacuation and management of injuries, support of medical and health services, access to food and clean water, and blankets and emergency shelters distribution for affected people. The response is being coordinated by the Government of Indonesia, which is taking a lead in restoring basic infrastructure and ensuring humanitarian access is guaranteed.
“In the immediate aftermath, we closely coordinated with the Indonesian Government and other agencies in Jakarta to gather as much information as possible about the impact of the disaster. We are also in a close coordination with our local partner, Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU), to gain a better understanding of needs and relevant emergency interventions, including nutrition, clean water and sanitation. We will be undertaking a needs assessment,” said Shashwat Saraf, Action Against Hunger’s Asia Regional Operations Director.
Action Against Hunger has been present in Indonesia for two decades and we are on the ground, ready to respond to this emergency.
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