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rescue workers combing through the rubble after the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami

Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami

2.4 million

People affected

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On September 28, 2018, a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a tsunami that hit coastal cities including Palu and Donggala. 

Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management estimated that 2.4 million people were affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Homes were destroyed, families were displaced, hospitals were impacted, as well as roads, airports, and communication infrastructure, making the response challenging.

EIF launched an appeal to help children and their families during this crisis. We partnered with humanitarian responders on the ground, International Medical Corps, and UNICEF. Funds supported International Medical Corps in providing medical assistance, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and mental health and psychosocial support.

UNICEF worked to reunite unaccompanied and separated children with their families, support infant and young child feeding, providing clean water through mobile water treatment, and helping children recover.