Penny Appeal Live on the Ground in Indonesia
Penny Appeal Live on Palu, Central Sulawesi
An article by Mohammed Candle
Our team are now live on the ground in Indonesia, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami last Friday, destroying 85% of homes in Palu (Central Suwalesi), leaving 60,000 people internally displaced and living on the streets, and tragically killing almost 2,000 people.
It’s hard to describe the destruction and death we’ve seen in and around Palu. The first impression you get of the city is one of mass destruction from the earthquake followed by the tsunami. Areas closer to the water were absolutely demolished by the tidal waves, and you can see collapsed buildings in every direction, due to the earthquake.
The disaster has created a period of great insecurity in the city. A lot of people have deserted and gone to other towns until things calm down, so a large part of the city is empty. Other people are sitting in the rubble, waiting for aid because they have absolutely nothing. They don’t have anywhere to cook food, they don’t have anywhere to sleep. A lot of children and young men are standing by the side of the road with boxes with writing on it saying their home has been destroyed, asking for donations.
Other parts of the city have a lot of dead bodies still to be moved… we drove through an area where the smell was just overwhelming because of the bodies in the rubble which are yet to be removed. There are a lot more people than there is aid, that’s for sure.
These people are in urgent need of food, fuel, shelter and medical aid. We are working with local partners in the city of Palu to providle ife-saving aid to those most in need. We have been conducting a needs assessment to understand the full extent of the situation and to ensure we are reaching the most vulnerable, including disabled people, pregnant women, babies and the elderly, as well as those who are badly injured.
Please help the people of Indonesia in their hour of need. We will continue to bring you updates from our urgent work on the ground here in Palu and the surrounding areas. You can help save lives by donating here.
TUESDAY 9 OCT 2018