The magnitude 7.4 earthquake on September 28 was followed by a tsunami with waves reaching up to 6 metres high and speeds that could have reached 400 kilometres an hour.
The high level of damage has slowed recovery efforts. The tsunami and earthquake cut off roads and ports. Palu’s small airport was damaged. Landslides threaten to cause further harm to isolated communities. Aftershocks continue and the threat of diseases like malaria remain as heavy rainfall is predicted in the next few weeks. Families have survived on what they could salvage from quake damaged ruins but these supplies are disappearing fast.
“The people of Central Sulawesi have been through a terrible ordeal. They need food, water, shelter and more in the weeks ahead. ACT Alliance Indonesia is working closely with authorities to coordinate their response to get help to the most vulnerable people including pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly. Please give generously to help the survivors,” says Pauline McKay, National Director Christian World Service.
“We are grateful for a steady stream of donations since we launched the appeal last week, but more is needed to continue relief efforts,” she adds.
Photo: the first water shipment to arrive in Sidera village Photo Credit- ACT Alliance&CWS
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