published in EarthquakeEmergencyTsunami on October 1, 2018


On Friday 28 September a 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Reports of tsunami waves 8 metres high and 200 aftershocks.

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7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Sulawesi in Indonesia. Devastating tsunami.

Update: 15 November 1.30pm

Here is the latest information on your help for earthquake and tsunami victims through ALWS and ACT Alliance.

Who you help

  • 100,000 people in Palu, Donggala and Sigi Districts
  • Includes vulnerable groups – children, pregnant women, elderly, people with disabilities

Your action


  • Emergency shelter kits
  • Tools for construction
  • Includes disability-inclusive shelters

Water, sanitation and hygiene

  • Hygiene and non-food item kits to 500 households
  • Clean water supply
  • Fix and clean wells
  • New boreholes + training in borehole repair
  • Build latrines + hand-washing stations
  • Training in hygiene, maintenance of water points, sanitation, hand-washing


  • Medical treatment for injured patients
  • Healthcare outreach for high risk groups
  • Mobile clinics

Total donations to date: $99,961

Thank you!


Update: 18 October, 10am

See your help through ALWS for victims of the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake delivered through ACT Alliance:


Update: 15 October, 1.00pm

Official death toll is now 2,045 people.

Up to 2.4 million have been impacted by the disaster.

DFAT (Australian Government) has reported more than 191,000 people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.


Australian Government has committed $10.25 million to help the Government of Indonesia respond to this disaster, including:

  • $2 million through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership – water and sanitation, providing shelter, protection services and psychosocial support, and essential supplies. CAN DO (of which ALWS is a member) to receive support through this channel.
  • Providing 8,130 women and girls with supplies to meet hygiene and reproductive health needs.
  • $1 million to the Red Cross to provide 80,000 people with access to shelter, sanitation and clean water.
  • Providing more than 29,400 people with essential items including tarpaulins and tools to build shelter and items to ensure people have safe water and access to electricity.
  • The Australian Defence Force is supporting the Indonesian Government in their response efforts, including delivering humanitarian supplies.


Australian Government support for Indonesia includes action through CAN DO (Church Agencies Network, including ALWS).

  • CAN DO member partners began assessing most urgent needs from Monday 1 October
  • Highest level of destruction in coastal areas
  • Met with displaced families, affected villages, and government authorities
  • Most essential needs include non-food items (eg pots and pans for cooking, bedding, clothes), emergency shelter and sanitation solutions, and hygiene items




Update: 12 October, 1.30pm

Official death toll now 1,948 people

Your emergency action through ALWS and ACT Alliance is as follows:



  • emergency shelter kits including tarpaulins, blankets and matresses
  • tool kit for construction
  • training and info-session on how to construct
  • awareness raising on keeping shelter ‘healthy’
  • transitional shelters for most affected households and people with disabilities.


Water & Sanitation

  • clean water – water bladders and jerry cans
  • cleaning, repairing and building wells
  • waste management in areas with most people
  • protect spring water sources, and construct tanks and gravity-fed system
  • construct communal latrines
  • training for mothers, health workers and others on water-borne diseases plus safe hygiene and sanitation practices
  • hygiene kits.



Mobile Clinic

  • medical treatment for patients and those injured from disaster
  • mobile clinic and home visits
  • healthcare for groups at high risk of disease.

Primary Healthcare

  • promotion of healthy living habits
  • health education for pre-school and school-aged children
  • reproductive health and waste management knowledge and skills for women and adolescents
  • distribution of feminine hygiene kits.

Hospital rehabilitation

  • repair and retrofit hospital building to ensure patient safety
  • support basic medical equipment
  • support essential medicine
  • IT setup
  • mobile clinics
  • doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff to be deployed temporarily from other health units
  • training to be able to meet minimum quality standards soon after recovery.

Local healthcare system

  • rehabilitation of integrated health centres
  • monitoring and assessment of health centre data for quality purposes
  • supplementary nutrition support.

Disaster risk reduction in healthcare

  • emergency first aid training for community
  • community development training for health workers
  • training on feeding for infants and children.


  • for those who have a disability as a result of disaster
  • provide assistive devices
  • disability handling training for community.


Psychosocial care

  • training on psychosocial care and support
  • session on self-protection and essential information to access basic services
  • facilitating learn and play activities for children.



  • knowledge and skills training on alternative or improved livelihoods activities
  • provide tools and materials to start livelihood activities for affected households.


Disaster preparedness

  • developing disaster preparedness plans
  • training on emergency preparedness and response skills.



Update: 5 October, 2pm

Latest information from our ALWS partner in Indonesia, CDRM & CDS:

  • they’ll send a 3-person response team to Palu with expertise in logistics, shelter, water supply and sanitation
  • team will bring relief supplies including tarps, blankets, buckets, soap, and towels
  • team expected to depart for Palu on October 9.


Update: 5 October, 10am

Latest information from the Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority via the Australian Government (DFAT):

  • official death toll now 1,424 people
  • 70,821 people displaced
  • up to 2.4 million people affected
  • number of dead and injured expected to rise as information from the affected areas becomes available.


Update: 3 October, 5pm

Latest information from Sulawesi reports:

  • confirmed death toll of 1,234 people
  • 61,000 people displaced in Palu
  • 191,000 people in urgent need of help (UN).

Our ALWS partner in Indonesia, CDRM & CDS, emailed us sharing that focus needs to be:

  • Shelter
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Emergency preparedness for People with Disabilities.

This is part of a joint action by churches through ACT Alliance. Further details to come.


Update: 30 September, 10pm


  • 830 people confirmed dead
  • Fears toll could reach into 1000s
  • 1.5 million said to be affected

 Immediate Needs

  • Health services
  • Tarpaulins
  • Blankets
  • Food items
  • Tents

ALWS Action

  • ALWS works with partner CDRM&CDS in Sumatra
  • Currently supports Lutheran churches to serve communities
  • Disaster-risk reduction critical part of work
  • Disaster response with other churches through ACT Alliance
  • Discussions with church aid agencies re most effective disaster response
  • Focus likely to be on most vulnerable: elderly, sick, people with special needs, children, pregnant and lactating mothers

Your current work in Indonesia