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.


15 Oct 2018

South Sudan

South Sudan continues to face the highest levels of humanitarian crisis ever experienced in the country, with virtually every community in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. At the peak of the lean season (July-August), 6.1 million people faced severe food insecurity. CARE's current emergency responses include:

  • emergency cash-based interventions
  • provision of small livestock to vulnerable internally displaced people and host communities
  • distribution of seeds and fishing kits
  • nutrition services to malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women
  • provision of Primary and Secondary Health Services in Unity State (Pariang County)
  • mobile GBV protection programmes, including a newly-launched mobile health, nutrition and GBV programme in Eastern Equatoria.
11 Oct 2018

Indonesia tsunami response

The latest figures indicate that more than 2,000 people are confirmed dead, hundreds are still missing, and an estimated 82,775 people are displaced and staying in over 147 temporary sites. Thousands of schools and health facilities have been damaged, in addition to water supply systems.

Of the total 65,000 houses damaged, an estimated 10,000 households have been completely destroyed, with all the households’ belongings lost, resulting in acute, immediate shelter and non-food items (clothing, cooking equipment, etc) needs.

Wahyu Widayanto, our Emergency Response Coordinator, participated in a joint assessment in Donggala which was completed on 8 October; the data is being analysed. CARE has also finalised a rapid gender analysis to assess the specific needs of women, girls, men and boys.

Our emergency team in Makassar team has procured and packaged 1,000 hygiene kits; transport and distribution of these will begin on Friday 12 October 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.