The official death toll of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on September 28th has now topped 2,200 and continues to rise, with some estimates suggesting it could reach as high as 5,000 by the time rescue workers are able to reach all affected areas. Estimates of the economic cost of the disaster have also been increasing over time. The latest report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecasts a total cost for reconstruction, emergency response, and disaster risk reduction measures of between $993 million and $1.1 billion over the next five years.
200,000 homes destroyed in the earthquake
The earthquake that struck Central Sulawesi on September 28 was one of the most powerful to hit Indonesia in recent years. The death toll has climbed to over 2,000, with thousands more injured and missing. Over 200,000 homes were destroyed in the quake, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless. An estimated 800,000 people need food assistance after their crops were damaged or wiped out. One expert told Al Jazeera that there is an enormous need for shelter as many survivors are living outdoors because they have lost their homes or cannot afford rent. If we don’t act now, says Anak Agung Wiratno, head of the Indonesian Red Cross Society’s relief operations in Palu city, the needs will get bigger. In response to this urgent situation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it would release $5 million from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund immediately. The Dutch government also pledged $2 million dollars.
As communities continue to recover from this natural disaster and work towards a better future, please consider donating generously so these communities can rebuild after this tragedy. For example, you could support long-term projects that empower youth in post-disaster areas by providing them with access to health care, education and training.
Economic losses from death, damage, flight cancellations
The death toll from the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on September 28 has reached 2,256, with tens of thousands more people injured or missing, according to the country’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
In addition to the human cost, the economic losses are already estimated to be nearly $1 billion. This includes damage to infrastructure, lost productivity, cancelled flights, and tourism revenue.
The death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue, and the economic impact will be felt for years to come. Our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia during this difficult time. If you would like to help, please consider donating blood, registering for blood donation drives in your area, or contributing towards the Indonesian Red Cross.
A once in a lifetime natural disaster
On September 28, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, followed by a tsunami. Over 2,000 people have been confirmed dead, with thousands more missing and feared dead. The damage is estimated to cost nearly $1 billion. This is a once in a lifetime natural disaster that has left the island devastated. Roads are blocked and supplies are running low. Hospitals lack staff, equipment, power, or running water. Parents are scrambling to find their children. Coastal communities were wiped out by the waves – including Palu’s iconic Petobo neighborhood – where houses were pulled into deep waters after the earthquake caused the coastline to collapse under feet of mud and debris from an old volcano eruption . It was so quick, one survivor said. I didn’t even have time to grab anything. Locals say that the death toll could be as high as 10,000 because there is no accurate way to account for everyone who lived on remote villages along the coastlines. The Indonesian government plans to provide financial assistance for affected families and organizations so they can begin rebuilding immediately. Foreign countries like Australia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and the United States are also providing aid packages. But while these countries’ governments might offer assistance funds at first, what will happen long-term? Will it be enough? International aid agencies agree that reconstruction will take years if not decades.
How we can help
The death toll from the powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on September 28 has now reached 2,045, with tens of thousands more people injured or missing. More than 66,000 homes were destroyed, leaving over 200,000 people homeless.
This is a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions. And it’s one that we can help with. Donate today to support our ongoing relief efforts in response to this tragedy. For as little as $10 you can provide life-saving supplies like food, water, clothing and shelter for someone who has lost everything in this tragedy. Please donate what you can and help us reach our goal of raising $1 billion by December 31st. As always, thank you for your generosity and compassion during these difficult times. Together, we are providing hope to those who need it most.