08 Oct 2018

On September 28, 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Donggala District and Palu City in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 10 km (6 miles) deep and approximately 27 km (17 miles) east of Donggala. The earthquake caused a tsunami in coastal areas, with surges as high as 20 feet.

One Nation working with the Indonesian authorities are working to get food and life-saving aid to victims. There are more than 1,500 confirmed fatalities and the death toll is expected to climb as some affected areas are still unreachable and communication networks are down. The Governor of Central Sulawesi declared an emergency response period of 14 days, extending until October 11, 2018. The president of Indonesia has visited the disaster zone twice this week and has directed emergency response task force to deploy additional support.

The Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), regional disaster management agency, military, police and other government agencies are coordinating the response effort and collecting information on the impact of the earthquake and tsunami. The most pressing needs are search and rescue operations, ready-to-eat food, basic medicines, psychosocial support, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

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