Last year our global focus was on Vietnam and this year our focus has been on Indonesia where Church World Service has been working with the Zero Hunger Program. We thought it appropriate to share information on the most recent disaster in these islands. Our donations help locally and around the world.
Taken from CWS Global website. October 1, 2018
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday night. The quake, and the resulting tsunami with waves up to about 10 feet high, leveled buildings and brought destruction to the city of Palu. As of 1 p.m. local time on September 30, 540 people had been severely injured and 29 were missing. The death toll has continued to climb; as of the morning of October 1, U.S. time, CNN reported a death toll of over 840. That number is expected to rise as debris is cleared. Search and rescue operations are underway.
CWS staff acted immediately as news of the disaster broke across Asia, and our Indonesia team has been in touch with our ACT Alliance and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia colleagues since the first hours of the crisis to determine how best to respond. Staff in Thailand and Japan, which include humanitarian response experts, are supporting our Indonesia team and reaching out to their contacts as well.
To start our response, CWS will send a small response team from Makassar, in South Sulawesi, to Palu. They will bring relief supplies that are not available – or no longer available – in the affected areas. Those will include tarps, blankets, buckets, soap, towels and more basic supplies that will be purchased locally.
More information will be made available as this response unfolds.
You can find updated information on the Church World Service website.
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