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03.10.2018 - News

Tsunami in Indonesia: Tdh comes to the aid of affected populations

Last Friday, a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, causing a tsunami that struck the coastline at a speed of over 800 km/h. In just a few seconds, everything got destroyed. More than 1400 people were killed and 70,000 lost their homes – and these figures are still growing. Up to 1.5 million residents could be affected, particularly in the regions of Palu and Donggala. Some 200,000 people need urgent humanitarian assistance. The Indonesian authorities have called on the international community for its support.

Providing essential goods

The tsunami, which was several metres high, destroyed houses, schools, hospitals, bridges, water facilities and electricity networks. Basic services can no longer be provided, and the population’s needs are huge. People have no access to water, food or shelter. Children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.

This situation is exacerbated by the difficulty in accessing affected areas. Flights have been scaled back, the main ports have been destroyed, and land routes have been damaged or demolished by the tsunami. As a result, populations in the most seriously hit areas have been cut off.  

Mobilising aid efforts

Given the country’s needs, Terre des hommes (Tdh) immediately put together a team specialising in humanitarian crises to provide emergency assistance. “The wide-ranging consequences of the disaster make an immediate intervention necessary. We must cover the basic needs of those affected as quickly as possible, while taking into account the specific needs of children. Our extensive experience in the field will be very useful,” said Steven Fricaud, Tdh’s Humanitarian Aid Director. Tdh is doing all it can to reach those affected by the disaster.

Helping to save lives

We need your support now to respond swiftly to this disaster. A donation of CHF 105, for example, will allow us to provide targeted assistance and to distribute essential supplies such as tarpaulins, blankets and hygiene kits to a family of five. Your donations help us provide assistance to as many children and families as possible.


Photo credit: ​© Keystone / Mast Irham