The DEC launched the Indonesia Tsunami Appeal on 4 October 2018 after an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 28 September, triggering a terrifying tsunami that reached 18 feet in height and left a trail of destruction in its wake. In some places, the ground turned to liquid mud, destroying whole villages.
Tens of thousands of homes were destroyed and entire communities decimated. At least 2,100 people were killed, 1,300 are still missing and 4,400 were seriously injured.
The disaster left 200,000 survivors in need of humanitarian assistance, around a quarter of whom were children. At the start of 2019, 133,000 people were still displaced, with many living in tents and reliant on aid.
DEC member charities and their Indonesian partners are working closely with national authorities to provide shelter and clean water while helping survivors to cope with trauma and rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
DEC fundraising has now closed. Our appeal raised £29 million, including £2 million in Aid Match from the UK Government. Member charities will be spending DEC funds up to September 2020.
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