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Tuesday 16th October
The latest figures indicate that 2100 people have died, 4612 people are severely injured, 78,994 are displaced and 68,451 houses are damaged.
The most affected areas are Palu, Donggala and Sigi. Multiple aftershocks, landslides, cases of soil liquefaction in Palu and Sigi, and potentially also the eruption of Mt Soputan volcano, have exacerbated conditions. As at 14th Oct there have been 634 aftershocks in Central Sulawesi.
Saturday 13th October
The latest figures indicate that 2088 people have died, 4612 people are severely injured, 82,775 are displaced and 67,310 houses are damaged.
Mutmainah Korona, YAPPIKA-ActionAid’s leading partner for direct response, says:
“There are no supplies or provisions for pregnant women. Women are giving birth outside or in temporary shelters with no medical support putting them and their new born babies at risk. People are starting to get ill because of poor nutrition, the weather and drinking unfiltered water.”
ActionAid has opened public kitchens in twelve of the worst hit areas where thousands remain without food or proper shelter. Our public kitchens on the West Coast, Donggala, Sigi and the city of Palu are serving thousands of people a day with hot, nutritious meals.
ActionAid is distributing tents, tarpaulins and blankets to shelter families who have lost their homes, and providing food, water, nappies and sanitary kits for women and girls.
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.
Saturday 6th October
1571 people have died, 2549 people are severely injured and 70,821 are displaced and being housed in 141 evacuation sites.
The most affected areas are Palu, Donggala, Parigi Moutong and Sigi. Multiple aftershocks, cases of soil liquefaction in Palu and Sigi, and potentially also the eruption of Mt Spoutan volcano, have exacerbated conditions.
As at 4th October power has been restored in some parts of Palu. However fuel is in short supply which affects vehicles, generators and water pumps.
Friday 5th October
It is estimated that 1424 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.
Thursday 4th October
“We expect that women will experience disproportionate impacts of this crisis just as they did with the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 –with widespread destruction, women are likely to face an increased risk of gender-based violence, not to mention loss of their homes and livelihoods. ActionAid is working to ensure that women and their rights are protected in this crisis, and that women’s voices are heard in the immediate response,” says ActionAid Australia’s Executive Director Michelle Higelin.
ActionAid teams have reached the most affected areas with temporary shelter and provided emergency food, water, blankets, nappies and sanitary kits for women.
Wednesday 3rd October
The death toll stands at 1,347. Over 600 people are severely injured and 61,867 are displaced and being housed in 109 evacuation sites.
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.
ActionAid Australia have launched an emergency appeal to meet the urgent needs identified by women from affected communities, such as safety and essential supplies.
Tuesday 2nd October
The death toll is now at 1,234 but is expected to continue to rise considerably.
Communication networks are still unreliable, making communication with teams in affected areas challenging.
Monday 1st October
It is estimated that 844 people have died, 632 people are severely injured and 48,025 are displaced and being housed in 103 evacuation sites.
The coalition that ActionAid is part of has sent a team with experience in emergency and data collection to Palu and Donggala. The team will assess needs and gather information, as well as providing equipment and a limited amount of essential supplies to affected people, including including food, clothes, blankets, sanitary products for women and nappies.
Sunday 30th September
More that Friday 380 people have been confirmed dead after a series of earthquakes, including one measuring 7.5 magnitude, hit Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday 28th September. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami with waves of up to 6m.
YAPPIKA-ActionAid is in touch with local partners and is assessing the situation and scoping out a possible response.