Children experiencing unimaginable distress, separated from parents, losing loved ones, and watching everything they have known washed away in the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami disaster
In late September 2018 a devastating tsunami and earthquake struck Sulawesi, Indonesia. More than 1,500,000 people have been impacted by this disaster including at least 600,000 children. The 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Donggala, Central Sulawesi, triggered a tsunami with dramatic effects on Palu City and surrounding coastal settlements. At the time of publication, the death toll from this devastation is at least 2,000 people.
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More than 1,500,000 people have been impacted by this disaster including at least 600,000 children. About a third are seriously affected, losing their homes, livelihoods or loved ones.
Children have been separated from their parents in the chaos of escape, as buildings crumbled, and tsunami waves tore through coastal homes and shops. Many of these children will have experienced unimaginable distress, losing loved ones, and watching everything they have known washed away.
What are we doing to help?
Save the Children and our local partner Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (YSTC), are responding by assessing the impact on children and their families and providing the support needed to help them piece their lives back together. With our local partner YSTC, we are on the ground: