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Updated: 27 Dec 2018

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Residents inspect the damage to their homes on Carita beach on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22. Photo: SEMI/AFP/Getty Images

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People are in shock, and they fear about their safety, and they fear the possibility of another tsunami or landslides. They are also worried about their families and friends who are still missing.

Thousands of people are housed in makeshift camps, and they need aid urgently including clean drinking water, food, and sanitary supplies. We also need to pay special attention to the safety needs of women and children.’

Dino Argianto
Oxfam’s operations lead in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Situation

On Saturday 22 December, a devastating tsunami struck the islands in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, especially the Pandenglang area, South Lampung and Serang, following a deep-sea volcano eruption. It has reportedly killed 430 people, injured hundreds more and displaced more than 11,000 from their homes.

Oxfam's Response

Oxfam and our partners are coordinating with Indonesian authorities and other humanitarian agencies in order to rapidly assess needs and get help where it’s needed quickly. We will be providing clean water, building toilets, and distributing hygiene kits that include blankets and soap.

One of the most disaster-prone nations in the world, Indonesia faced humanitarian emergencies this year that left the number of people dead or missing nearing 4,000, with hundreds of thousands more displaced.

Oxfam, working with partners, has reached over 100,000 people affected by the Sulawesi earthquakes by providing clean drinking water, setting up water points and pipelines, building toilets, and distributing hygiene kits. Oxfam has also been working to build the humanitarian capacity of the local partners so that they can respond immediately when disaster strikes.