Press release: 02. Oktober 2018

Death and devastation after earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia: HEKS/EPER provides emergency aid

The tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake is presumed to have claimed over 12,000 lives mainly on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and has caused severe destruction across vast areas along the coast. Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) is providing emergency aid locally worth half a million francs for victims of the disaster, working initially in conjunction with its «Act Alliance» partner organizations on the ground.

The tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake is presumed to have claimed over 12,000 lives mainly on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and has caused severe destruction across vast areas along the coast. Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) is providing emergency aid locally worth half a million francs for victims of the disaster, working initially in conjunction with its «Act Alliance» partner organizations on the ground.

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HEKS leistet Nothilfe in Indonesien
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The provincial capital Palu was hit especially hard by the earthquake and the ensuing metres-high tidal wave. A temporary tsunami warning had in fact been issued, then withdrawn by the authorities. Consequently, the local people were unable to get to safety in good time. Thousands of houses and public buildings were completely destroyed mainly along the coast. The death toll could still rise substantially in the coming days, as many people are believed to be still buried under the debris. Tens of thousands have lost all their belongings as a result of the disaster. They are now in urgent need of food, water, medical attention and temporary housing. Aid work is being made more difficult by downed communication lines and damaged roadways.

Further information (in German)

Dieter Wüthrich
Head of Media and Information Department
Dieter Wüthrich

Phone: +41 44 360 88 66
Mobile: +41 76 461 88 70
E-mail: dieter.wuethrich@heks.ch

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