Indonesia earthquakes and tsunami

Devastating earthquakes have struck parts of Indonesia, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless. Communities are facing the loss of loved ones, homes and livelihoods.

The tsunami, which crashed into the coastal city of Palu on Sulawesi island, has left over 1,900 people dead, hundreds injured and many homes, businesses and local services destroyed. Around 48,000 people have been left homeless. The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs says there are nearly 200,000 people in urgent need of assistance, about a quarter of them children.

Indonesia tsunami and earthquake - video update from Caritas staff

Responding to a disaster of this magnitude presents huge challenges. Communications are limited, and damaged roads, bridges and airports all make it extremely difficult to get emergency aid to survivors. Further, many hospitals have been damaged or destroyed.

There is an urgent need for temporary shelters, medical supplies, food and clean water. Long term help will be needed to help families rebuild their homes and livelihoods in the months and years ahead.

SCIAF is working closely with Caritas Indonesia and others who are now distributing food, water, and non-food items like soap and blankets to families in need in Palu.

You can help us to provide emergency support to those who need it most by donating to our emergency appeal. United, we can help the people of Indonesia.


Your donation will go straight to helping those affected by the earthquakes and tsunami.


Our partners Caritas Indonesia are working to assess the situation and find out what support is needed.


Please keep the keep the people of Indonesia in your thoughts and prayers during their hour of need.

Ricky Ross in plea for tsunami survivors

Deacon Blue star urges public to support SCIAF's Indonesia emergency appeal.


Loving Lord, for those who have died, give them eternal rest for those who are bereaved, comfort and console them for those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them. Amen.

From the "Prayer for help" by Diana Sutherland