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Oxfam makes plans to reach 100,000 people with basic aid after Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

Oxfam makes plans to reach 100,000 people with basic aid after Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

September 30, 2018

Oxfam makes plans to reach 100,000 people with basic aid after Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

by lenasarchuk | September 30, 2018

An estimated 1.5 million people could be affected by the earthquake and tsunami, in addition to the 830 confirmed fatalities.

Oxfam’s local partners are assessing the situation after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit towns on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday. The international agency stands ready to deploy additional staff and resources to the area to support the Indonesian Government-led response.

An estimated 1.5 million people could be affected by the earthquake and tsunami, in addition to the 830 confirmed fatalities. Initial reports suggest that at least 16,732 people were forced from their homes and are scattered across 23 sites, although this number is likely to rise. The main road linking the city of Palu to the rest of Central Sulawesi has been blocked by a landslide and the airport in Palu is operating at half capacity making access difficult.

Ancilla Bere, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Manager in Indonesia, said: “It is likely that thousands of people across a large area will need urgent help after this powerful earthquake and tsunami.

“Oxfam is provisionally planning a response to reach 100,000 people in Palu city and Donggala district. This is likely to focus on the immediate needs such as ready-to-eat meals, water purification kits and emergency shelters.”

“Access and communication remains a big concern with a key road cut off by a landslide and other infrastructure badly damaged. It is encouraging to hear that the Indonesian Armed Forces has mobilised military aircraft and helicopters to reach people in affected areas.”

Donations are being accepted to Oxfam Canada's Emergency Response Fund. This fund enables Oxfam to respond quickly and effectively when emergency situations like this strike vulnerable areas.

Contact information

Paula Baker
Media Relations
Oxfam Canada
(613) 240-3047
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