- On Friday, September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami with 6m-high waves devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. At least 844 have died and thousands of homes have been turned to rubble.
- We are sending a ShelterBox Response Team to Indonesia to understand how we might be able to help Sulawesi families who have lost everything.
- Access to the affected area is severely restricted and the full extent of the destruction and damage to homes is not yet fully understood.
- This is the latest in a series of earthquakes to hit Indonesia recently.
- We currently have a different ShelterBox Response team on the Indonesian Island of Lombok who have been there for the last month helping families recover from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which hit in August and left 20,000 people homeless. (Photo above).
- We are in contact with the Indonesian government, the disaster management organizations, and our Rotary colleagues in Indonesia to understand how we might be able to help Sulawesi families who have lost everything.
- We have aid stored nearby in Malaysia and we are working with our contacts to understand any importation restrictions, and how we might be able to get it in to Indonesia and to the families who may need it.
- As well as our team in Lombok, ShelterBox is also helping families recover after super Typhoon Mangkhut devastated homes in the Philippines, and in Kenya where flooding has made thousands of families homeless. We also responding in Syria, Iraq, Lake Chad Basin and Somalia.
Find the latest info about ShelterBox Canada’s response in Indonesia here – www.shelterboxcanada.org/indonesia-tsunami/