Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami


On September 28, an earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. More than 2,000 were killed and over 200,000 people have been displaced.

A further 68,000 homes have been damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in and around the populous city of Palu and Donggala district, with roads and sewage systems damaged and water supplies affected.



  • CARE is aiming to support a total of 50,000 people in Donggala, Palu City and Sigi areas – which include some of the more remote communities - with water, sanitation, shelter and livelihood support. 
  • CARE will also focus on the specific impacts on women and girls who are often disproportionately affected in natural disasters of this type and are at increased risk of many types of sexual and gender-based violence. Their voices are often also the least heard when it comes to emergency needs. In the first stage of the response, we will distribute kits targeted at women and girls that include sarongs and sanitary towels among other items.
  • Emergency family shelter kits including items such as tarpaulins sleeping mats, blankets and solar light will be provided to those who have lost their homes to allow them to survive while the long process of rebuilding begins.


CARE has offices in the south of Sulawesi island in Makassar, where it has been operating for nearly 30 years.

CARE has worked in Indonesia since 1967, initially focused on food distribution, small infrastructure projects, health, the environment, and water and sanitation. In 2004, CARE Indonesia was one of the primary emergency responders after the South Asian tsunami. Emergency response and disaster risk reduction with a focus on women and girls is always CARE Indonesia’s first priority. Its other core activities all focus on women and youth and include: Integrated risk management comprising resilience, food security and climate change; economic empowerment and leadership; and water, sanitation, and hygiene.


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