3rd October 2018


Latest reports indicate that 1,407 people have passed away after a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit Sulawesi, Indonesia on 28/09/2018.

2,549 people have been injured, 113 are still missing, 152 are still buried under debris, and approximately 71,000 are internally displaced.

Strong aftershocks have continue to blight the area, so far 219 aftershocks have been recorded. This resulted in the destruction of almost 66,000 homes.

Rescue efforts are under way but access is a major challenge, roads have been damaged in many areas and there is a lack of heavy equipment available.


Indonesia has suffered more deaths from tsunamis than any other country. This is the sixth fatal tsunami to strike the country since the huge 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Based on the available information, it is estimated that more than 750,000 people are exposed to the effects of the earthquakes and tsunami. Mass graves are being dug to bury the dead. Local markets in affected areas are running out of staple food supplies and other goods.

Whilst distributing relief assistance the IR Indonesia team has been simultaneously conducting a needs assessment and observed the following:

  • 85% of homes in Palu are destroyed.
  • The remaining 15% are too dangerous to stay in due to the threat of aftershocks.
  • In remote rural areas, most people are staying under makeshift tents made from small tarpaulins.
  • There are reports of fevers, cough, diarrhoea and itchy skin. Moreover, there is a lack of personal hygiene items, clothes and nutritious food.


Islamic Relief has approved an immediate intervention to assist IR Indonesia and allow them to engage with the response efforts. IR Indonesia will be responding directly with two local partner organisations: Ruma Zakat and PKPU. They are currently involved in assisting evacuations, search and rescue, burying the dead, and providing medical assistance to the injured.

Our team in Indonesia has begun distributing relief items including drinking water, blankets, tarpaulins and dry food packages to hundreds of families.


As the situation develops we are learning that more and more people are in need. Please donate what you can. Your donation could save lives.