WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE Earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia
On Friday 28 September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Waves of up to 6 metres hammered the coastline, and more than 170 aftershocks with magnitudes of up to 6 continue to strike the island.
Tragically, more than 2,045 people are confirmed dead and 10,679 are injured. Many people remain trapped beneath the rubble as emergency services work to dig them out with their hands. 82,775 have been displaced, and over 1.5 million people have been affected.
There are children, women and men who have lost their home, lost their access to food and water. We must act now.
What we’re doing
Right now, child protection and the needs of girls are the highest priority. We know that after disasters, thousands of children will be in need of shelter, hygiene products, counselling and health care. They’ll be missing school, separated from their families, and experiencing a huge amount of distress.
Plan International and Yayasan Plan International Indonesia will be responding immediately with ration packs, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, school kits and blankets.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll also be creating child-friendly spaces, temporary learning centres and counselling and psychosocial support services to help protect children from abuse, exploitation and further disruption and trauma.
Women, Children and Girls in emergencies
When disaster strikes, women and children are the most vulnerable. In floods, earthquakes and typhoons, they are often left without shelter, food and medical care, which can leave them exposed to water borne diseases. Our work in emergencies focuses on the most vulnerable, where we can have the most impact.
How You Can Help
Right now, girls and children are most at risk, with many separated from their parents, exposed to the elements and vulnerable to disease and exploitation.
These people cannot wait. By donating today, you will help us act swiftly to support children and their families living through the unimaginable chaos caused by this disaster. You’ll be helping to address the immediate need, and supporting the people of Sulawesi as they begin to rebuild.
They need you now, more than ever.