In response to the 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that have devastated Sulawesi, UNHCR has offered to support the Indonesian Government’s disaster relief plan.

More than 1,200 people have been killed and at least 60,000 are displaced after homes, neighbourhoods and villages were destroyed by this disaster. These numbers are growing as crippled infrastructure and aftershocks affect 1.5 million people across the region.

As part of an inter-agency response, UNHCR’s offer of assistance includes family tents and shelter expertise. 

UNHCR is already present in Indonesia and has a team of specialists travelling to the region to further assess needs.

An aerial view of an area devastated by an earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia October 1, 2018 ©Ritzau Scanpix

The impacted areas are Palu, Donggala, Parigi, Moutong and Sigi.

Speaking more broadly on behalf of UN Agencies and the wider humanitarian sector, UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Ms. Anita Nirody said: “The Government of Indonesia has significant experience and capacity to manage natural disasters, but given the scale and complexity of this emergency combined with the response to the recent series of earthquakes in Lombok and the residual needs there, UN agencies and NGOs are working closely with Government ministries to provide all necessary technical support.

“Following the disaster, roads and bridges have been destroyed, communication lines are down, and landslides have left many areas inaccessible.

“With so many people having lost all their possessions and with many basic services down, there is also an urgent and immediate need for food, clean water, shelter, medical care and psychosocial support,” added Ms. Nirody.

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