Indonesia tsunami/earthquake September 2018

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Overview of the situation

Sets of earthquakes have struck off Donggala Region, province of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia from 14:00h West Indonesia local time with the strongest magnitude of 7.4 at 17:02h, on Friday, 28 September 2018 and continued with 76 aftershocks ranging from magnitudes of 2.9 to 6.3 afterwards...Initial report from national disaster management agency’s (BNPB) indicates that 384 people died..., 29 people reported missing in Pantoloan Induk Palo, 540 injured and thousands of houses and infrastructure damaged in Palu. (IFRC, 29 Sep 2018)

As of 1 October, 844 people are known to have died and more than 600 people are severely injured. There are currently more than 48,000 displaced people staying in over 200 sites...The Government of Indonesia welcomed specific offers of international assistance that are in line with identified humanitarian needs on the ground. (OCHA, 1 Oct 2018)

Initial reports (as at 3 October, 1300 hrs Jakarta time, BNPB has confirmed 1,234 fatalities with over 632 injuries, 99 missing persons, 152 are requiring immediately rescue efforts. There are currently over 61,867 evacuees being housed in 109 evacuation sites. (AHA Centre, 2 Oct 2018)

As of 4 October, 1300 hrs local time, BNPB confirmed 1,424 fatalities with over 2,549 injuries, 113 missing persons, 152 are requiring immediately rescue efforts. There are currently over 70,821 evacuees being housed in 141 evacuation sites. In addition, 66,238 houses damaged, with 99.2% (65,733) of them located in Central Sulawesi Province. As at 4 October 2018, Government of Indonesia had received offers of assistance from 29 countries, of which 17 countries offered a concrete type of assistance and match the prioritised support. (AHA Centre, 4 Oct 2018)

One week after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) launched a Response Plan, seeking $50.5 million for immediate relief activities.The Central Emergency Response Fund has already allocated $15 million to support the activities included in the Response Plan, and will fund projects in logistics, water and sanitation, camp management, health, shelter, protection, and food security and livelihoods. (UN Resident Coordinator, 5 Oct 2018)

As of 8 October, 1700 hrs local time, BNPB confirmed 1,948 fatalities with 10,700 injuries, 835 people possibly missing, 74,444 displaced people. In addition, 67,000 houses and 2,736 schools are damaged or destroyed. (AHA Centre, OCHA 8 Oct 2018)

Key figures

Government, humanitarian and private sector actors are coordinating action on the ground to provide support and deliver aid to the people in need. Here the reported damage. 




People affected by economic damage



CBi members in action

Several CBi partners have offered help in the emergency response to Sulawesi’s earthquake, in Indonesia, where the cities of Palu and Donggala, as well as several remote villages, have been severely hit by respectively the tsunami and landslides on 28 September:

UPS Foundation works with local partners to transport relief shipments into affected areas and has announced it will provide additional cash grants to the IFRC and the US Salvation Army. The foundation also discusses with A-PAD Indonesia in-kind contribution to the private sector network.

On 29 September, A-PAD SL announced that a charter plane was ready and confirmed to take one batch ACT rescue team to Palu airport on Sunday, and two batch of ACT medical team on Monday 1st October. On 30 September SUSI Air (Indonesia) provided a helicopter to engage in rescue operations together with A-PAD SL search and rescue team.

In addition, OCHA’s Centre for Humanitarian Data offers free new metadata of imagery captured by Digital Globe, a leading company in high resolution satellite imagery. 

Situation reports

Last updated: 11 Dec - 11:32 from ReliefWeb


WFP is supporting the Government of Indonesia and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) on logistics, food security and livelihoods following the 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.

With the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), WFP conducted a joint capacity strengthening and advocacy mission to Natuna (Kepulauan Riau province) as one of the national school meals programme (ProGas) targeted districts. The District Government of Natuna through BAPPEDA will allocate IDR 2.2 billion under the Provincial Budget (APBD) for supporting ProGas implementation in Natuna.

US$ 2.5 m six months (Nov 2018-Apr 2019) net funding requirements.

Operational Updates

  • In addition to supporting the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), WFP is providing logistics services, information management and coordination. Five mobile storage units (MSUs) have been erected to provide common storage services and 40 trucks are currently available as part of the common transportation service. WFP is also assisting the AHA Centre and BNPB in coordinating the cargo airbridge from Balikpapan to Palu.

  • In response to the emergency in Central Sulawesi Province, the Food Security and Livelihoods SubCluster (FSLSC) was activated in Jakarta and in Palu, Central Sulawesi. The FSLSC is led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Social Affairs and activities coordinated by BAPPENAS in close collaboration with the government line ministries. The role of the FSLSC is to support the Government activities and efforts across the food security and recovery thematic areas. WFP together with FAO are supporting the cluster.

  • A scenario-based Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) was conducted in East Java Province. Key logistics infrastructures were assessed, including port and airports in Surabaya, storage facility, transport market and capacity and road corridors from Surabaya to the five districts along Bengawan Solo. The LCA report will be consolidated in December 2018.

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