Anglican Missions have advised that they are encouraging Anglicans to support the Christian World Service (CWS) emergency appeal for the people of Central Sulawesi, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami recently. This letter information is provided courtesy of CWS.
On September 28, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami caused widespread damage on Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi. 308 aftershocks have been reported. So far 1,948 people have died and 3,549 received major injuries. The numbers will rise. More than 74,444 people have been displaced and 2.4 million affected. 65,733 houses have been damaged. Around 191,000 people need urgent humanitarian assistance. Aftershocks continue and there is a danger of landslides and liquefaction. In Sigi most damage has been caused by landslides. Increased volcanic activity from Mount Soputan in north Sulawesi is not expected to affect the survivors. Malaria, schistosomiasis, cholera, dysentery, and other diseases are a real risk.
Survivors need urgent assistance. ACT Alliance Indonesia members are involved in rescue efforts and have begun relief distribution. The first medical team arrived in Palu on October 1 after queuing for 7 hours to enter the city. The team consists of 2 doctors, 1 midwife, 1 psychosocial specialist, and 5 volunteers. They distributed tarps, bottles of water, and instant noodles as well as referring some of the injured to the hospital for treatment on day 1. Local staff are distributing water sourced from the municipal water company to people in Sigi district who had not received water. A truck carrying tarps, rope, sleeping mats, blankets, water bottles, hygiene supplies, a generator, fuel, a water pump is due to arrive from south Sulawesi. A second is on its way with more hygiene supplies and cleaning materials. The trip will take 24 hours. ACT Alliance is appealing for support for more shelter materials, healthcare, water, sanitation, psychosocial care, protection and education.
The Indonesian government has said it will not allow foreign humanitarian workers. Local ACT Alliance Indonesia members are delivering aid in Palu, Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong.
CWS is asking for your support so they can assist with food, hygiene kits, shelter, safe drinking water, sanitation, and medical care. They are undertaking a rapid needs assessment and will coordinate their work with other agencies.
To support this appeal, click here.
Banner Image: M A Seryawan/Yakkum, via CWS website.