Indonesia emergency aid campaign launched

Palu tsunami web

UK charities have announced they will work together to support those affected by an earthquake and a tsunami

4th October 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has stepped in to help those affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

More than 1,300 people are known to have died following Friday's disaster, when a 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami.

Aid supplies are beginning to arrive in the city of Palu, where survivors have no access to running water or electricity, after a plea from the Indonesian government for international support.

The committee brings together 14 UK charities - including Oxfam, the Red Cross and Save the Children - when crisis hits poorer countries.

The appeal will be shown on all major UK broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, with support needed for an estaimated more than 200,000 people who have been left homeless.

DEC chief executive, Saleh Saeed, said: "DEC member charities and their local partners are working closely with the Indonesian authorities to get aid to those who urgently need it, as well as helping survivors to cope with the trauma of the last few days.

“As the full scale of the disaster unfolds, they are providing emergency relief and are ready to help devastated communities to rebuild their lives.

“There is an urgent need for clean drinking water, food, medical care and shelter. Please give generously and let’s save the survivors.”

To support the appeal, visit the DEC website.