On September 28th 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday and was followed by a tsunami with waves up to 6m high. People were left homeless and over 2,000 lives were lost. A 14-day state of emergency has been declared in Sulawesi.
MYF and Back2Basics headed to Palu, Central Sulawesi on the 29th October to 1st November. They then linked up with the Indonesian counterpart, Gerak Bareng Community and conducted the initial ground assessment and provided the first phase of emergency relief distribution.
Immediate needs of the communities include shelter kits, solar light, medical service, water, and food items.
Affected resident of Palu, Sulawesi
“Before this, I had a proper job. I was selling furnitures. But the earthquake destroyed my shop. So now, my wife and I are just selling drinks by the roadside.
Before, there were plenty of things to do with my family, but now, theres nothing to look forward to.
But i guess i have to consider my situation lucky since my house was not completely destroyed and i still have a place to live, as compared to so many others.”
The combined effects of the earthquake and tsunami led to the deaths of at least 2,256 people. This makes it the deadliest earthquake to strike the country since the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, as well as the deadliest earthquake worldwide in 2018, surpassing the previous earthquake that struck Lombok a few months earlier, killing more than 500.Wikipedia – 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami
This community outreach campaign, jointly organised by #Back2Basics and #MYFsg will be in aid of the families and children survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Sulawesi.