On Friday, 28 September 2018, Donggala and Palu in Central Sulawesi were hit by a series of earthquakes including one measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale which triggered a tsunami of up to 3-5 meters in height. The quakes and tsunami have left the cities of Palu and Donggala severely damaged with hundreds dead, thousands injured, and many still missing. Some areas are reporting that all buildings have been damaged or destroyed and as of 1pm on Sunday, 30 October, there have been 209 aftershocks. Bridges, roads, telecommunications and power infrastructure have been damaged, creating access issues. Despite major damage to the buildings, the airport has been reopened for aid only.
Donggala: Donggala is currently without power, and telecommunications have been hampered making it difficult to communicate needs to the outside world or contact loved ones. Many are currently evacuating with others still scattered in open areas awaiting the all-clear from relevant parties. Logistics have also been hindered by damaged roads and the telecommunications issues. 11 deaths have been recorded so far, however, this number is expected to increase dramatically as search and rescue activities continue.
Palu: The situation in Palu is similar, with no power and water supplies running out and thousands evacuating to avoid further shocks. There are reports of 821 people killed and thousands more injured (Source: Basarnas). Search and rescue is underway in the city’s larger building including malls and hotels. Palu’s hospitals are treating patients outside due to continuing aftershocks.
Evacuees are in urgent need of:
IDEP IN ACTION
IDEP is working with the “Poso Volunteer Team” (Emergency Response team from the neighbouring town of Poso) consisting of Yayasan Pribumi Alam Lestari (YPAL), IDEP, KPA Tarpesis, and Student Groups from Sintuwu Maroso Poso University. We will work with them to assemble and distribute 500 ‘Family Buckets’ which buckets contain enough basic necessities (such as sanitation supplies and food) to support a family for about 2 weeks.
Together with their partners, IDEP works directly with communities to maintain ongoing disaster management and sustainable development projects in urgent and high-risk situations.
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