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A 27-year-old woman received a hygiene kit from Oxfam in Dolo Seletan district where it is outside of Palu.(Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)

Updated: 23 October 2018

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The Situation

disaster-affected area

 Central Indonesia was badly hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi on 28 September.

An estimated 1.5 million people could be affected by the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi on 28 September in addition to more than 2,000 confirmed fatalities. Hundreds of houses and buildings have also collapsed.  

There have been more 400 aftershocks recorded since the major earthquake on 28 September.

The disaster also damaged and destroyed a large number of houses and continuing aftershocks mean other people are scared to return to their homes. More than 300,000 people are thought to be homeless. Water and sanitation is also a big concern because water pipes have been destroyed and there is a severe shortage of clean water and toilet to prevent the spread of disease. People also need food, healthcare and medical supplies to treat the injuired. Generators are needed for lighting and to aid communications.

Government agencies have started to work in the area to support survivors of the earthquake and the Government of Indonesia has now officially requested international assistance. 

Oxfam’s response

Oxfam and partner organisations in the Humanitarian Knowledge Hub are scaling up their response to reach 500,000 people in the Palu city and Donggala district from 100,000 people in the initial response plan with essential aid supplies.

Oxfam and its local partners from the Humanitarian Knowledge Hub are in Palu:

  • installing water purification equipment
  • distributing hygiene kits (consisting of a safe container for transporting water, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and sanitary towels)
  • delivering latrines
  • delivering emergency shelters and tarpaulins
  • sarong (the local clothing)

We are sending more water treatment equipment as well as tap stands and water tanks.

The Humanitarian Knowledge Hub is a network, established with the support of Oxfam in Indonesia, of 16 civil society organisations led by JEMARI Sakato. Oxfam in Indonesia has been working to strengthen the capacity of Humanitarian Knowledge Hub as the local force in disaster risk management.

Should there be any unused donations from this public appeal, Oxfam will use the funds for other emergency, rehabilitation, or community development projects in other places.

Mas'ad and her three children are living with their relatives in a makeshift camp for internally displaced people, near her destroyed house in Dampal village, Sinreja district, Donggala regency. They have been just staying in this house for two months. The tremor has hit and it destroyed when the second earthquake struck. Thankfully, her three children survived. Oxfam and its partners Humanitarian Knowledge Hub have distributed almost 500 tarpaulins and 400 sarongs for survivors of the earthquake in Dampal village. (Photo: Irwan Firdaus/Oxfam)
*Maria and her family help unload Oxfam hygeine kits at a distribution outside Palu. *Maria and her family had to evacuate their villiage due to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on September 28th. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS) *Name changed for protection purpose
Staff from Oxfam's local partners installs a sky hydrant water filter with volunteers outside of the city of Palu. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/Oxfam)
A person shows the difference in water that has been processed through an Oxfam filter near Palu. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)
Ida (46) and Verlina (33) fills a bucket with clean water from an Oxfam installed water filter near the earthquake affected city of Palu. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)
Nurul stands outside her families emergency shelter with a bucket of clean water from an Oxfam installed water filter near the earthquake-damaged city of Palu.
Sulvianti (aged 36) receives an Oxfam hygeine kit at a distribution outside Palu. Sulvianti had to evacuate because her house collapsed due to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on September 28th. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)
Dolo Seletan District, Sulawesi, Indonesia: An Oxfam hygeine kit at a distribution outside of Palu. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)
A woman who received the hygiene kit from Oxfam is signing the receipt in Dolo Seletan District, Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)
Yuna (aged 62) felt happy in front of her makeshift shelter after receiving a hygeine kit from Oxfam. (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)
Maria* and her family received Oxfam hygeine kits at a distribution outside Palu. *Name changed for protection purpose (Photo: Hariandi Hafid/OxfamAUS)
An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbourhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Oxfam staff is on the ground and met some survivors of the Palu tremor shelter at makeshift IDP camps outside the hard-hit town of Palu, Indonesia. (Photo: Irwan Firdaus/Oxfam)
Scenes of devestation in the streets of Palu after Friday's Earthquake and Tsunami, Palu, Indonesia. (Photo: Irwan Firdaus/Oxfam)
An elderly man and other suvivors shelter at makeshift IDP camps outside the hard-hit town of Palu, Indonesia. (Photo: Irwan Firdaus/Oxfam)
A woman looks through the rubble of a building that was destroyed by a tsunami, on October 01, 2018 in Palu, Indonesia. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty images)