Crisis watch

Nauris cries while comforting her 4-year-old daughter, who has been suffering from diarrhoea. Nauris and her family have been living in this tent after their house, in Balumtuma village, Donggala, was destroyed by the earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018.


10 Oct 2018

Indonesia tsunami response

People assembling boxes of emergency supplies in Indonesia
Hygiene kits for the Indonesia tsunami response being assembled in our warehouse in Makassar, Sulawesi © CARE Indonesia 2018

Plastic buckets for hygiene kits in a warehouse in Indonesia

These hygiene kits will be transported from our warehouse in Makassar, southern Sulawesi, to the Palu/Donggala area in northern Sulawesi - the area most affected by the earthquake and tsunami - on Friday, and our emergency response team plan to begin distribution of these hygiene kits over the weekend.

9 October 2018

Indonesia tsunami response

Over a week after the initial earthquake and tsunami, many people in the more remote areas report that they have only enough supplies to last around one week. Many people are also continuing to sleep in communal shelters, or even out in the open.

Electricity in some of the affected areas – such as Sigi - is still down, which in turn has affected the water supply, where it is reliant on electric systems. In Donggala, for example, people are sharing dirty water from wells. There are worries that the scarcity of water could lead to increased conflict within communities, as well as greatly increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.

Women, in particular, are responsible for water collection and this situation is likely to add to their burden. The lack of electricity also causes extra worries during the night, especially for women and girls who are particularly vulnerable.

CARE is aiming to support a total of 100,000 people in Donggala, Palu City and Sigi areas – which include some of the more remote communities - with water, sanitation, shelter and livelihood support. CARE Indonesia is working closely with the Indonesian Government and with government agencies as well as other NGOs and local groups to make sure we can provide the best and most relevant assistance to those affected.

5 Oct 2018

Indonesia tsunami response

CARE has begun procurement of key relief items and our Emergency Response coordinator Wahyu Widayanto is now in Palu and travelling to nearby Donggala - where CARE plans to target its response - as part of a joint inter-agency assessment of the impact. Speaking from Palu, Widayanto said:

We are in the process of purchasing simple but life-saving items, like blankets, tarpaulins, water buckets and water purification kits. We will source them locally on the island from our base in Makassar. And we are also looking at creative ways we can bring items by boat to neighbouring islands like Kalimantan, and from there, onwards by plane to Palu. 

We aim to reach some of the communities located further from the busy hub of Palu city itself who have received no assistance to date. These are people living in more remote and difficult to reach areas of Donggala region who are least likely to receive needed assistance, but are some of those in most desperate need of assistance.

Damaged mosque in Palu city
The remains of a mosque in Palu city surrounded by debris and damage from the earthquake and tsunami. The building is located 500 metres from the sea, according to CARE's emergency coordinator Wahyu Widayanto, who took the photo. 
3 Oct 2018

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

CARE is participating in a joint assessment of people's needs following the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, and we are preparing hygiene kits and emergency shelter kits for distribution in the affected areas in the north of the island.

Reaching the more remote affected areas is particularly challenging in the aftermath of the disaster. Our partners at a local NGO said it took them around 18 hours to reach the more remote areas of Donggala. They report that the biggest worry and tragedy in the area is the numbers of people still lost out at sea after being swept away by the tsunami waves.

Meanwhile, people in the area report that local government has come to a standstill, as officials are also among the victims, and they have not received any assistance since the earthquake happened.

Former CARE staff living in Palu city have commented on the number of pregnant women in need of medical services; those who have sufficient funds are being evacuated to Makassar in the south, while those with less money are still unable to leave.

2 Oct 2018

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

The number of people known to have died in the earthquake and tsunami has risen to more than 1,200. More than 48,000 people have been displaced from their homes. These numbers are expected to rise as more affected areas are reached. Up to 1.5 million people may be affected by the disaster.

Survivors are already facing shortages of basic supplies, including water and food. CARE and other humanitarian actors are concerned that if an effective and coordinated humanitarian response is not implemented quickly, there is a significant risk of disease outbreaks and a further deterioration of health conditions.

Donggala, Mamuji and Parigi Moutong have not yet been reached and assessed. These areas were closest to the epicentre and are likely to have been severely affected by both the earthquake and the tsunami. CARE aims to respond in Donggala, which is the most difficult area to reach.

Our emergency response coordinator, health and hygiene expert, gender expert and logistics expert will be travelling to Donggala to carry out an assessment. Operations will be set up first in the CARE Indonesia office in Makassar (south Sulawesi), including preparation of hygiene kits and emergency shelter kits, and then in Donggala.