Our Response to the Tsunami and Earthquake in Sulawesi
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 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 other members of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to launch an urgent appeal in order to support the emergency response in Central Sulawesi. We are sending an urgent response team to Palu and will be working with our local partner Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU) to assess needs and provide food, water and sanitation. We will also focus on preventing children under 5 years old from becoming undernourished.
Thousands of people have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods. The risk of hunger is growing. With your help, we can save lives.
In spite of a very strong economic upturn over the last few years, poverty, unemployment, corruption, and the lack of facilities are still present in Indonesia. With respect to health and nutrition, the indicators - state of health of the population and sanitary facilities, access to medical services and quality of care - are very worrying. The global severe malnutrition rate stands at 21.2% and that of severe acute malnutrition at 3.9% - over the emergency levels defined by the WHO.
Moreover, in a country where there is extreme inequality, and exposure to natural disasters, the climactic threats have a greater effect on vulnerable communities.