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Humanitarian Support - Sulawesi Tsunami

On 28 September 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and at least 494 aftershocks hit the regency of Donggala, in the province of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The largest earthquake, in combination with a landslide on the ocean floor (seaslide), triggered a tsunami that struck Palu Bay in Palu city and the western coast of the Donggala regency. The tsunami, travelling at a speed of 800km per hour, hit land with waves of up to 6 metres. The earthquake also triggered significant levels of land liquefaction across an estimated 430 hectares of land in the Balaroa, Petobo and Biromaru areas of Palu. Local infrastructure was devastated. The earthquake and tsunami caused mudslides in areas of south Palu city and on 3 October, Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi.

Medair has launched an emergency intervention in Indonesia to provide rapid emergency relief for families affected by the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami, with a focus on emergency humanitarian needs and support for the restoration of security and dignity for the affected populations. When approached by Medair, Trade Aid UK responded rapidly to this urgent funding need.

Some 1.5 million people were affected by the disaster and nearly 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Over 2,000 people were killed during the tsunami and some estimates report an additional 5,000 are missing - most of these are presumed to have been buried under the soil liquefaction triggered by the tsunami.

Medair is proposing a two-phase response to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in the area. The first phase will provide emergency shelter, non-food items (NFI) and hygiene kits to communities whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. The second will incorporate early recovery type of work such as cash-for-work for debris and rubble clearing. This phase will begin when the markets in the affected areas are functioning sufficiently. This project will directly assist 12,250 beneficiaries (3,500 households) through rapid provision of emergency basic services, which will restore dignity and will help to reduce morbidity and mortality of targeted vulnerable populations, most affected by the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.

There is a severe shortage of hygiene items in affected areas and over half of households surveyed as part of a joint needs assessment, report difficulty in continuing normal hygiene practices. Meeting the broader water, sanitation and hygiene needs for the population requires a large-scale intervention, beyond the scope of this quick impact project. Therefore, Medair will distribute 3,000 kits to affected households using a blanket distribution approach. Communities will be targeted based on existing assessment data and recommendations from the government. The hygiene kit designed for the first phase is focused on providing the items necessary to assist with family bathing and washing, menstrual hygiene management and hygiene for babies in the shorter term until further aid is delivered or access to local markets reopens.

Medair is an international humanitarian organisation that brings life-saving relief and recovery in disasters, conflicts and crises. They seek to serve the needs of the most vulnerable people, often in difficult to access, remote locations, by collaborating with local humanitarian partners in Health and Nutrition, Shelter and Infrastructure, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Medair brings emergency relief and rehabilitation to over two million people a year in some of the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, all countries that are severely affected by conflicts, natural disasters, or other crises. You can find out more about Medair and the work they are doing by logging onto their website at www.medair.org.

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