Humanity First Indonesia mobilises its Disaster Relief team from Jakarta and Gorontalo
Situation report 04/10/2018
On the 28th of September 2018 an Earthquake with a Magnitude of 7.5 hit the Sulawesi Province in Indonesia.
Current reports as of 3 rd October indicate:
- 1407 Dead
- Over 2,549 injured
- 13 Missing persons
- There are currently over 70,821 evacuees being housed in 141 evacuation sites.
- In addition, around 65,733 houses have been damaged.
(Source BNPB, National Disaster Management Authority Indonesia)
Note that these figures may increase in due course as assessment continues.
People have spent a further night with no food, access to clean water and a potential for the outbreak of waterborne diseases and experienced 359 aftershocks since Friday, adding concerns to the psychological impact of this devastating Earthquake.
Satellite images show the devastation it has caused to the Balaroa and Petobo neighborhoods in the city of Palu, with whole sections of villages disappearing.
Humanity First Indonesia are working closely with the local authorities and adapting their access and response as per the local constraints.
Currently the HF Jakarata team plans have changed due to the Palu airport situation being very fluid and unpredictable.
A 6 person team is now due to arrive in Gorontalo (380 miles North East of Palu) where they will be accompanied by 6 local HF members. The team of 12 will then drive to Palu. Once the team arrives in Palu, they will join the local Palu HF members who have already set up an initial small kitchen in a remote village using locally sourced food items and personal farm products.
Note most of the Humanity First volunteer staff serving the victims have themselves been victims of the disaster.
Convoys of fuel tankers are now also slowly getting to Palu There is intermittent power in Palu allowing the team to charge their phones to maintain communication with Jakarata.
The situation for tens of thousands of people including children remains extremely precarious in the days ahead. The victims in Palu, Donggala and other affected areas in Sulawesi need urgent help. Many have lost their loved ones, homes and neighborhoods.
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