Indonesia Earthquake Emergency Appeal


Over 1.5 million people affected

Over 2,100 people have died, and a further 5,000 people are missing, in the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that hit the Indonesia on 28 September.

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami to sweep into the city of Palu with waves of up to six metres tall. The true scale of the disaster is only now becoming clear. Homes and entire communities have been destroyed, 1.5 million people have been affected and hundreds of thousands of survivors are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. 

Authorities fear that casualties and the number of those displaced by the disaster will continue to rise in the coming days.

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ActionAid is responding

ActionAid and its local partners are bringing essential supplies to those who have lost everything and are without power, water or shelter.

We’ve reached the most affected areas, bringing temporary shelter, electricity generators and solar lamps.

We are also distributing water, blankets and nappies for people in urgent need.

This is one of the biggest earthquakes our country has suffered,” says Francisca Friti, Executive Director, YAPPIKA-ActionAid. Women urgently need our support, especially those with babies or young children.”

Search and rescue have been incredibly difficult. The intensity of shaking caused by the earthquakes turned the earth into liquid. Buildings sank while others were moved long distances by the powerful flows.”

Please give whatever you can to our Earthquake Emergency Appeal today, your donation will help to save more lives.

ActionAid’s unique approach is to empower local women to lead the response in an emergency.

Women are often the first responders to a crisis, bringing vital skills, resources and experience. ActionAid supports women to take the lead in all aspects of their lives, including in disasters.

Dewi (pictured left), one of several female medical volunteers, checking the blood pressure of Syamsul (75) who isn’t able to walk. Syamsul is one of 1,500 people residing at a coconut farm turned into a shelter in Langaoge after the tsunami wiped out their village.

ActionAid’s immediate priorities are to provide food, water and emergency shelter, but our response will also focus on the rights of women and girls as we know that humanitarian crises disproportionately impact women, robbing them of their rights and their dignity.

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