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Earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia

UNICEF is responding to a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, where over 1,400 deaths have been confirmed.

Donate to UNICEF’s Earthquake and Tsunami Indonesia Relief Fund to give immediate aid to children affected by the crisis.

What you need to know about this earthquake and tsunami

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, more than 1,400 deaths have been confirmed in Palu and Donggala. The numbers are expected to rise further as dozens of people are reported to be trapped in rubble. It is too early to tell the full extent of the damage from the devastating earthquake and tsunami. 

Electricity, communication and road access in the affected areas are still limited, which is having an impact on search efforts. With power out and roads blocked, there's no telling at this moment how many children might be at risk. Assessments as well as delivery of immediate assistance, which includes first aid and basic medical services, are also being undertaken alongside search, rescue and retrieval efforts. 

One thing is clear: UNICEF is on the ground to support the most vulnerable children affected by the crisis and we need your help.

Tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia: children need your help
© AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
A boy walks outside his damaged house in Palu in Central Sulawesi on September 29, 2018.

How is UNICEF responding?

UNICEF has mobilized its staff and resources on the ground to respond to the situation and to address urgent humanitarian needs in the worst affected areas. 

UNICEF Indonesia is in touch with authorities and working alongside international aid agencies present in Indonesia to address specific response needs. This includes first aid and basic medical services, alongside search, rescue and retrieval efforts. 

Our experience tells us that in the first days following an earthquake and tsunami we must:

  • Assess needs and determine the best and most effective way to respond;
  • Find shelter for the families from thousands of homes that have collapsed;
  • Reunite missing children with their families;
  • Ensure that families are provided safe drinking water and food.
Tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia: children need your help
© AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY
Earthquake-affected people wait for an evacuation flight by the Indonesian military at the airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami.

We need you to help us

Your donation today to UNICEF’s Earthquake and Tsunami Indonesia Relief Fund will help us bring life-saving supplies to the children and their families.

Here are just a few of the ways your donations could help:

  • Reuniting children with their families. UNICEF is already gearing up to provide support in tracing the families of children who have been separated from their parents. 
  • Feeding the youngest and most vulnerable. Already high rates of malnutrition in this region could get dangerously worse. We are working together with the Ministry of Health to support infant and young child feeding, assist breastfeeding mothers, and assess the ongoing needs of the survivors. 
  • Providing clean water. Access to clean water and proper sanitation is fundamental to preventing the spread of disease. In the absence of a well-functioning water system, we are planning to deploy several mobile water treatment plant units to the affected areas.
  • Comforting traumatized children. In our experience, providing psycho-social support to children in emergencies, giving them a Child-Friendly place to play and helping them get back to school as quickly as possible, goes a long way to helping them recover. 

Your gift today could save lives. 

Please help us reach the children and families affected by this disaster.

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