Oxfam and partners in Indonesia assess damage from earthquake and tsunami

A woman cries as people look at the damages after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. Photo: MUHAMMAD RIFKI/AFP/Getty Images

A powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami, killing at least 384 people.

After the 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Friday, water smashed into buildings and swept away homes in the coastal city of Palu, home to 350,000 people.

Oxfam and our local partners in Indonesia are assessing the damage and preparing to respond.

Oxfam’s Country Director in Indonesia, Maria Lauranti, said: “Oxfam's partners in Palu have been working closely with the National Disaster Management Agency and local authorities in the affected area to assess the situation on the ground.”

Residents salvage belongings after a powerful earthquake. Nearly 400 people were killed when the quake sent a tsunami barreling into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, officials said on September 29. Photo: MUHAMMAD RIFKI/AFP/Getty Images

Oxfam has previously established a Humanitarian Knowledge Hub with the support of Oxfam in Indonesia which consists of 16 civil society organizations in Indonesia, led by Jamari Sakato. Oxfam in Indonesia has been working to strengthen the capacity of this alliance as the local force in disaster risk management, and it responded to help people affected by the Lombok earthquake in July 2018.

Oxfam has been working with local and national partners in Indonesia since 1957. We are currently working in six provinces, where we support the Government of Indonesia, civil society, and local communities.

Oxfam focuses on helping build resilience to disasters, empowering women to realize their rights, and influencing people in power to reduce inequality and poverty.

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