Emergency Appeal: Earthquake and tsunami strikes Indonesia

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On Friday the 28th of September a series of earthquakes struck the island of Indonesia, which were followed by a tsunami with waves up to 6m tall devastating the city of Palu.

It is estimated that over 2,045 people have died with up to 1.5 million people affected, and over 80,000 left homeless.

We are currently supporting communities by providing temporary shelter, electricity generators and solar lamps. We’re preparing to distribute food, water, blankets, nappies and sanitary kits for women.

Make a donation today and help the people from Sulawesi recover from this catastrophic disaster.

At ActionAid, we know that women are disproportionately impacted in disasters: the burden of unpaid care for women increases exponentially, as does the risk of gender-based violence. Our emergency response efforts respond directly to these impacts.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible. A receipt will be emailed to you.

What we know so far


  • On Friday 28th September a series of earthquakes, including one measuring 7.5 magnitude, hit Sulawesi, Indonesia, followed by a tsunami with waves of up to 6m.
  • The most affected areas are Palu, Donggala, Parigi Moutong and Sigi with over 1.5 million people are potentially affected.
  • There have been over 200 aftershocks and cases of soil liquefaction in Palu and Sigi which are exacerbating conditions.
  • It is estimated that 1,571 people have died (Associated Press, 04.10.18), 2549 people are severely injured and 70,821 are displaced and being housed in 141 evacuation sites.
  • The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs says there are nearly 200,000 people in urgent need of assistance, about a quarter of them children (BBC, 02.10.18).
  • A team of 60 coalition staff and volunteers is on the ground now in Palu delivering aid to affected people. The team has distributed initial relief supplies (e.g. solar lamps, tents, tarpaulins) to approx 2500 displaced people.
  • Update:Thursday 11th October –The latest figures indicate that 2045 people have died, 10,679 people are severely injured and 82,775 are displaced.
  • Francisca Fitri, Executive Director, YAPPIKA-ActionAid says:“The situation in Palu is far from stable. Women urgently need our support, especially those with babies or young children.We are worried about women being able to access water safely. Too many people are trying to use too few wells. It is harder for women to access these wells safely and we need to ensure that women can get clean, safe water especially in this hot weather. At the moment we are giving out thousands of litres of water every day to women and their families, but this is only a short-term solution.”
  • The number of missing people remains unclear. The officially confirmed figure for missing people is 671, however the media are reporting much higher estimates.

Note: In the event that funds raised exceed the amount required, to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people impacted by the Tsunami, ActionAid Australia will direct donations to our Arise Humanitarian Fund, which helps provide disaster preparedness response and recovery for future emergencies.
As per ActionAid Australia’s emergency fundraising standards, 90% of funds raised from this appeal will go to emergency response and 10% to fundraising and administration