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Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami 2018

Indonesia Tsunami and Earthquake Appeal

ⓘ This appeal has closed but you can donate to Tearfund's Humanitarian Response Fund to enable our partners to respond in the immediate aftermath of emergencies and to help with long-term restoration.


Historical information (2018):

On Friday 28 September 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck Sulawesi island in Indonesia. It led to a tsunami with waves up to three metres high hitting the city of Palu.

More than 1200 people are confirmed dead, and many remain missing or injured and rescuers fear this number could rise significantly.

People who have survived the earthquake and tsunami are left without food, clean water, shelter and health care. Many buildings are badly damaged or destroyed. Thousands of homes have collapsed along with hospitals, hotels and shops, and the airport is not functioning. Several large coastal towns remain cut off by damaged roads and communication lines are down.

The areas of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong – with combined populations of 1.2 million – have yet to be fully assessed.

TEAR Australia has launched the Indonesia Tsunami and Earthquake Appeal. Donations to the appeal will be used by agencies in the Tearfund family and our partners in the Integral Alliance to:

  • Undertake assessments and distribute relief in affected areas
  • Respond to urgent community needs
  • Plan and work towards long-term recovery in communities affected in the weeks and months ahead.

Should funds donated exceed the amount required, they will be directed to similar humanitarian projects. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible. TEAR Australia ABN 85 085 413 832. View our privacy policy.

Prayer for Indonesia:

Lord, we pray for the people of Indonesia who have already suffered ten earthquakes this year. We lift up to you the families hit by this latest devastating earthquake and tsunami. Comfort those who have lost loved ones and homes, and help to heal and restore injured people.

We pray for the people of Palu, the closest town to the earthquake and ask you to comfort families who are facing unimaginable trauma. Draw close to communities as they count the cost of the destruction to lives and homes.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Integral Alliance

Tearfund responds to partner requests for emergency assistance either directly or through joint efforts with other members of the Integral Alliance, a global alliance of Christian relief and development agencies responding to emergency situations around the world.