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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. 




Major injuries



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 IFCRC 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: 20 Oct - 03:02 from ReliefWeb

Key Highlights
- Forty-five healthcare facilities are affected. These include nine health facilities severely damaged, 14 moderately damaged and 22 mildly damaged.
- Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC) / Surveillance unit has activated the Event Based Surveillance (EBS) hotline at the health command post. The number is 08114100806.
- As of 18th October 2018, 5 out of 16 PHCs from Donggala, 2 of 19 PHCs from Sigi and 5 of 13 PHCs from Kota Palu reported Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS).
- Six reproductive health tents have been established by the reproductive health sub-cluster and are offering life-saving delivery, ante-natal, post-natal and family planning services and information in Palu.
- Measles-Rubela (MR) campaign is ongoing in the three affected districts with additional focus on the IDP camps. during 16-18 October 2018, 507 children aged 9 months to 15 years have been vaccinated against measles and rubella under MR campaign in Donggala and Palu.
- 92 out of the 344 registered patients on Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, including 9 children, have now accessed ARV treatment following the disaster, either through the hospital network or through the mobile ARV response team.
- Five hundred health workers have been trained to care for children with severe acute malnutrition.

Situation Overview
- A 7.7 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks, tsunami, and subsequent liquefaction and landslides have severely affected Donggala, Palu municipality, Sigi and Parigi Mountong Central Sulawesi. Electricity, communication and accessibility have improved.
- To date, 2100 deaths, 4612 severely injured, 9642 mild injuries and 686 missing persons are recorded. There are currently 87752 displaced people at 147 camp sites. Public kitchens are operational in IDP camps.
- Forty five healthcare facilities are affected.
- Nine health facilities severely damaged: Anantapura hospital Palu, Birobuli PHC, Petobo sub health centre in Palu, Baluase PHC and Biromaru PHC Sigi, Delatope PHC, Toaya PHC and Tompe PHC and Loli Pesua community village in Donggala.
- Fourteen health facilities moderately damaged: three PHCs in Palu, five PHCs in Sigi and two PHCs, two sub PHCs and two community health posts in Donggala.
- Twenty health facilities are mildly damaged: seven PHCs and one Sub health centre (Pustu) in Palu, seven PHCs in Sigi, five PHCs in Donggala and two community health post in Donggala.

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