ADRA responds to Indonesian tsunami

Devastation after the tsunami. (Photo: ADRA Indonesia)

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ADRA is once again on the frontline as a powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami have killed more than 1400 people on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

More than 66,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by the magnitude-7.5 quake and tsunami, which struck on September 30. Authorities are estimating the death toll could continue to climb, reaching well into the thousands, which would make this one of the deadliest natural disasters in Indonesia since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. According to the UN’s humanitarian office, almost 200,000 people need urgent help, among them tens of thousands of children.

But a steady stream of help is arriving. ADRA Indonesia was one of only three humanitarian organisations allowed on the ground within the first 24-48 hours.

“The ADRA network is well-placed to help,” said ADRA Australia CEO Paul Rubessa. “The initial phase will see ADRA provide shelter kits to 3300 families, a vital temporary measure to ensure they have somewhere dry to sleep.”

A mosque after the tsunami. (Photo: Mathrubhumi News)

“[ADRA Indonesia] have a really good presence,” said ADRA Australia emergency relief Coordinator Anna Downing. “They’re also writing additional proposals to fund existing projects, such as water sanitation and hygiene, which will greatly assist those in need.”

Church member support for those affected has also been pouring in from around the world. On Tuesday night, ADRA Australia launched an emergency response fund for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. Since then, the appeal has raised more than $A50,000.

“There are people who are hurting all around us—from the survivors of the Indonesia tsunami, to the Aussie farmers facing the drought,” said Mr Rubessa. “We, at ADRA, are blessed and humbled by your generosity. Please continue to support people in need.”

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