Earthquake devastation

We urgently need your help to protect survivors of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that has devastated Sulawesi, Indonesia. Coastal communities were destroyed by a tsunami while inland villages were struck by liquefaction as black mud rose up to five meters and swallowed buildings.

More than 2,000 people have died and at least 79,000 are displaced after homes, neighbourhoods and villages were destroyed. In addition, more than 3,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed. Around 191,000 people are estimated to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The Government of Indonesia has accepted UNHCR’s offer of assistance and operations are underway. Latest updates:

  • UNHCR’s initial airlift has delivered 1,300 emergency tents to shelter displaced families
  • UNHCR is also providing survival items such as sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and solar lamps
  • Further airlifts are being planned to help protect more survivors

The situation continues to evolve as daily assessments reveal the full extent of the damage and access to isolated communities improves. UNHCR remains in close contact with the Indonesian authorities, who are leading the response on the ground.

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Emergency tents like this provide shelter for displaced families

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Emergency relief items include sleeping mats, mosquito nets and solar lamps

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Shelter helps protect vulnerable displaced people

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UNHCR uses airlifts to rapidly deploy supplies

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Housing Units

UNHCR’s housing units are designed to provide durable shelter solutions for families displaced beyond the initial emergency. The units provide longer term, security protection during the rebuild and recovery phase after a crisis.

Providing Shelter

UNHCR provides refugees with emergency shelter — tents, tarpaulins and demountable housing — in the immediate aftermath of displacement. More broadly, we are responsible for site planning and camp management to ensure refugee settlements are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. For those living outside camps, UNHCR funds the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the construction of new homes and rental assistance for those in urban situations. UNHCR also provides materials that displaced people need to build a home themselves under self-help schemes.

Providing Supplies

UNHCR distributes life-sustaining items such as mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, stoves and fuel, soap and other sanitary items to refugees under its care. These supplies are tailored to the specific needs of the refugee population: for example, winterisation kits are distributed in camps and communities where sub-zero temperatures occur. UNHCR maintains global stockpiles of core relief items for immediate delivery in emergency situations.

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