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.
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.
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 29 December, the Plan remains only 36 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.