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Central Sulawesi Earthquake

On 28 September, a series of strong earthquakes struck central Sulawesi province, the strongest a 7.4 M earthquake only 10 km deep and with its epicentre close to the provincial capital, Palu. The earthquake triggered a tsunami whose waves reached up to three metres in some areas, striking Talise beach in Palu and Donggala. The earthquakes, tsunami and resulting liquefaction and landslides have caused significant damage and loss of life in affected areas.




People dead People missing Internally displaced Houses damaged

Figures as of 17 November 2018.

Buildings, including houses, shops, mosques and hotels, have collapsed, been swept away, or suffered extensive damage. Whole villages were submerged when the land they were built upon liquified. The people most in need of urgent support are those whose homes have been destroyed by the tsunami and landslides, or whose homes have been severely damaged by the earthquake.


US$50.5 million


Funding requested People targeted Percentage funded

Source: FTS

On 5 October, the HCT launched the Central Sulawesi Earthquake Response Plan requesting US$ 50.5 million for immediate relief activities following the earthquake and tsunami, outlining the support that the international humanitarian community is seeking to provide to affected people over three months. The Response Plan is not intended to meet the totality of needs following the disaster, as the Government is well placed to lead the response and will provide the bulk of humanitarian assistance. It reflects the specific areas where the Government of Indonesia has accepted offers of international assistance, or where agencies are scaling up existing programmes to meet the new humanitarian needs following this recent disaster. However, as of 8 November, the Plan remains only 31 per cent funded.

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has committed US$15 million in funding to kickstart HCT support for the response. The CERF is funding logistics, water and sanitation, camp management, health, shelter, protection and food security and livelihoods projects.

Ongoing response

The Reproductive Health Sub-Cluster, led by MoH and supported by UNFPA, has established a Reproductive Health Tent in Vetumala Park, Palu. Credit:OCHA/Anthony Burke

The response is led by the Government of Indonesia, with strong support from national NGOs, including 13 members of Humanitarian Forum Indonesia. The international community supports the government’s and national civil society and NGO efforts and leadership. NGOs, the Red Cross and the UN are on the ground augmenting the national response. BNPB has received international assistance from 15 countries, transported by air from Balikpapan to Palu, including generators, mobile power plants, heavy equipment trucks, medical equipment, aircraft spare parts, clean water equipment, sanitary equipment, public kitchens, family tents, food, and blankets.

Six weeks after the disaster, the response has made significant progress in reaching and serving the people in need of assistance. Regional and international agencies continue to support national efforts and leadership. NGOs, the Red Cross and the UN are on the ground augmenting the national response.